Blood Sugar Rising

The Smith-Holt Family - Minneapolis, MN

Clip | 5m 56s | Video has closed captioning.

In the 1920s, the scientists who found and purified insulin sold their patent for $1 to make sure the hormone would be available to all. But today, for patients without good insurance, the drug can cost hundreds of dollars a month. What does a person do when he can’t afford this life-saving medication? For the Smith-Holt family, the answer came down to a tragic choice.

Aired: 04/15/20

Rating: NR

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A Production of Structure Films for WGBH. With funding from: Draper, The Russell Berrie Foundation, Sami Inkinen, through the Inkinen Family Donor-Advised Fund, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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