Local Diabetics Rationing Medication to Cut Cost

1 year 6 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 4:01 PM January 15, 2019 in News - Local
By: John Paul Barajas

WESLACO – The increase of insulin prices are affecting local diabetics.

As a diabetic of 20 years, Santa Rodriguez says she wouldn't be able to afford medication without the help of her children.

She says the cost of insulin has increased to $200, making her take drastic measures.

"What I do is, I tend to watch what I eat so I don't have to inject myself that much," Rodriguez says.

She says she has rationed her medication due to the expense.

KRGV’s John Paul Barajas spoke with Dr. Sumyra Mehkri.

Dr. Mehkri says diabetes is the most prevalent disease in the Rio Grande Valley.

She pleads patients not to lower their prescribed doses of medication and instead speak with their doctor about a safer alternative.

For more information, watch the video above.

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