Minnesota Insulin Access Law

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A popular Imgur post addressed Minnesota's insulin access law.
Claim Pharmaceutical companies are suing to block Minnesota's insulin access law.

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AdvertisementsOn November 16 2021, an Imgur user shared the following screenshot about Minnesota's "insulin access law," in a post with the title, "Big Pharma has to be taken down a peg or 10":

It showed a tweet from the verified @Public_Citizen account, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization. No date was visible on the tweet, which read:

BREAKING: Pharma is suing to block Minnesota's new insulin access law. The Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act was passed in honor of a 26-year-old who died rationing insulin. The law would've taken effect today. Pharma's fighting it during a pandemic. Beyond unconscionable.

That tweet was real, but not from November 2021, and it included a screenshot of a legal motion [PDF] filed against MNSure (Minnesota's ACA marketplace) by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ('PhRMA') on June 30 2020:

Plaintiff Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ("PhRMA") brings this action for declaratory and injunctive relief against the members of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy (the "Board of Pharmacy") and the members of the Board of MNsure in their official capacities ("Defendants") and states as follows: INTRODUCTION 1. In the newly enacted Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act (the "Act"), Minnesota chose to address a matter of public concern in an unconstitutional way […]

It was originally tweeted on July 1 2020, followed by a related tweet from the same account on the same day:

As such, the tweet did accurately describe events — but which took place in late June and early July 2020, more than a year prior to the Imgur post. One of the first few comments, from u/ruint, asserted that the content was outdated, and that the motion had been dismissed:

Old post. [Link.] Lawsuit dismissed, act became law in…
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