Recently, I increased the number of tests I was doing from 3 to 5-6 a day to keep a better control of my levels. When I phone up the doctors surgery to order more sticks, they are always a bit hesitant to give me more than 2-3 boxes. I decided to check out how much the sticks cost on amazon to see if I could buy some myself to keep from me having to hassle the doctors for them, and... wow, nothing could prepare me for how much they cost. I use a OneTouch Ultra 2 testing kit with its associated strips, and a single box (which gives 50 tests) was £20! I go through that in a little over a week. I decided to ask my doctor how much my insulin costs, and he said a single box of 5 insulin cartridges for my pen costs £40. Now, I know that research into these items costs a fair amount, but surely they have made back that amount and then some purely from initial sales of these items. It makes me feel bad for the NHS for how much they have to spent on keeping us alive (1/8th of the NHS budget apparently), and makes me wonder about the morality of these Pharmaceutical companies. It almost makes me want to write a letter to these companies asking them to justify the price, but I probably wouldn't get an answer anyway. Maybe the insulin can be justified, but the sticks certainly can't with each one probably costing a penny or two. Thing is, there has been a long standing theory that most of these companies even if they found a cure wouldn't release it as they are making too much money off us, and with those prices I tend to agree. It really makes me feel annoyed that they put such a high price on keeping human beings alive... What are your thoughts on this?