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A patient loads insulin for his routine shot.

At least 17 states have passed laws carving out exceptions for pharmacists to fill insulin prescriptions during emergency situations. These legal reforms are seen by some advocates as the first real sign of progress for improved access to insulin in the United States.

Insulin Singled Out in Ambitious Bill By House Democrats to Lower Drug Prices

The bill would mandate that the government negotiate with drug makers about the price of insulin, both in the Medicare program and for the open insurance market. It also includes many other mechanisms intended to lower the price of insulin and other drugs.

The Senate’s Insulin Price Reduction Act: What You Need to Know

An overview of the key provisions to this bipartisan bill, and the possible hurdles to its passage.