PHOTOS: Costs of widely prescribed drugs jumped up to 5,241 percent in recent years

Published On: Nov 27 2016 08:38:51 AM CST

Jess Franz-Christensen did not realize the seriousness of her son’s Type 1 diabetes diagnosis until staff in the doctor’s office offered to call an ambulance to take him to the hospital.

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Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Jack Christensen, 8, has a snack at his home in Waunakee, Wis., after school on Oct. 5, 2016. His mother, Jess Franz-Christensen, logs his carbohydrate intake on a monitoring device. Jack has Type 1 diabetes and his parents wear watches to monitor his blood sugar level 24 hours a day to ensure his numbers are not too high or low. Rapidly rising insulin costs have prompted Franz-Christensen to become a parent activist pushing for lower drug prices.

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