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St. Louis Park clinic security guard charged with stealing boxes of insulin

There is currently high demand for affordable insulin for diabetes sufferers.

A security guard at a St. Louis Park clinic has been charged with stealing insulin worth more than $4,000.

Bradley Stockert, 44, of Minneapolis, worked at the Park Nicollet Clinic at 3800 Park Nicollet Boulevard, which launched an investigation after noticing several instances of insulin disappearing in March.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, a corporate investigator installed a security camera in the storage room.

Last month, several more boxes of insulin went missing and the video showed Stockert entering the locked room, opening a refrigerator, and removing boxes.

Five boxes of Lantus Insulin Pens and four boxes of Humalog KwikPens were removed for a total loss of $4,366.

The demand for cheap insulin

It comes at a time when the price of insulin is at the forefront of debate in Minnesota and beyond.

There have been multiple calls for action to be taken at the legislative level to reduce the cost of the vital drug, with soaring costs leading some sufferers to turn to the black market to find cut-price medication.

This past legislative session, the Minnesota House passed the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act named after the 26-year-old diabetic who died while rationing the drug as he couldn't afford it.

The bill failed to make it into the final omnibus health and human services bill however, with Republicans blaming it on a Democrat clerical error, while Democrats blamed the GOP for refusing to re-open negotiations on the bill.

Earlier this month, a group of Minnesotan activists and diabetics traveled to Canada to purchase insulin, where it is priced about a tenth of what it costs in Minnesota, as reported by the Pioneer Press.

The Health Care Cost Institute found that diabetics were spending on average just over $5,700-a-year for insulin in 2016, around double what they were spending in 2012.

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