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With rise in patients dying from rationing insulin, U.N. tries a new solution

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBENov. 15, 2019, 8:48 PM UTCBy Ben PopkenDespite promises by pharmaceutical companies to limit insulin price hikes, the life-saving drug remains out of reach for many patients with diabetes — with fatal, or near-fatal, results.As part of World Diabetes Day, the U.N. World Health Organization on Thursday announced a new initiative to sponsor the production of insulin under a process known as prequalification, previously used to create lower cost generic versions of drugs used to treat TB, malaria, and HIV. Once a drug is prequalified it can be purchased in bulk by international agencies at lower prices.This ...