The patients who have the type 1 diabetes rely only on injections of some particular life-saving liquids called insulin.
The pancreas automatically generates insulin in the body, but when a patient develops diabetes, the pancreas stops to function properly.
And hence there is a need to fill the insulin needs externally. But have you ever pondered upon how much does a single shot of insulin cost? And where does it stand (per gallon) against all the expensive liquids present in the world?
So here we are with a list of the most expensive liquids in the world, to give you a fair comparison that you can discuss with your diabetic acquaintance!
1. Human Blood: Priced at $1,500 per gallon
It is not at all difficult to access human blood because of a very simple reason that we all have it!
However, the processing of the human blood after donation can be highly expensive depending on where in the world is it being bought or sold.
Not only human life is precious; human blood is too!
2. Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB): Priced at $2,500 per gallon
Depression, narcolepsy and insomnia are just three of the various disorders that GHB is widely used to treat – as it is also casually used as an anaesthetic in medicines.
The human central nervous system is the original house of this liquid.
GHB is very well known by its nickname when used illegally by the name of the “date rape drug.”
3. Black Printer Ink $2,700 per gallon
When you buy a printer, you are mostly paying for the cost of the black ink that comes with the printer. It is because of the high price of black ink that the operational costs of the printers are high.
Therefore use your printer wisely. You will not only be accumulating money in the form of ink but will also be saving a lot of paper!
4. Mercury $3,400 per gallon
Mercury in its pure form is more used in the world due to its toxic characteristics rather than in medical equipment such as thermometers.
However, it remains to be the only liquid metal to perform so many functions such as it is liquid at normal room temperature, it can also be used to conduct electricity, and in vapour form, it finds its usage in street lighting and fluorescent bulbs.
5. Insulin $9,400* per gallon
Coming back to where we started this article from, Insulin is highly costly to produce in its biosynthetic form. As we know already, insulin is a hormone naturally produced by healthy pancreases.
According to the Journal published by the American Medical Association, insulin prices went triple from 2002-2013 and seemed to be continuously on the rise. A more reasonable and rational way to produce insulin is reportedly in its development stage, is by introducing the human gene into live plants so that they can produce it themselves.
*The price of $9,400 per gallon of insulin was published by the HF Magazine. Although any PWD out there can himself perform the calculations, we’ve calculated results going for up to 1,000,000$
6. Chanel No. priced at$26,000 per gallon
Chanel No. 5 came into existence in the year 1922 through the collaboration of the chemists, Ernest Beaux and Coco Chanel. It is undoubtedly one of the most widely known fragrances in the whole world! Coco Chanel selected the phial #5 of the samples that Beaux had presented her with, due to her fondness for the number 5. And hence the name Chanel No. 5 was coined.
7. Horseshoe Crab Blood $60,000 per gallon
The blood of horseshoe crab is used and produced in high quantities in today’s world to test for bacterial contamination in a wide range of medical products.
Real horseshoe crab blood is Aqua blue in colour, and its unique and quick response to the bacterial toxins came into existence about 50 years ago.
8. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) $123,000 per gallon
Very extensively used in the 1960s under the category of a hallucinogenic drug, the LSD came into traditional drugs market. LSD derives itself from the crystalline compound of Lysergic acid that originates from the natural ergot alkaloids. One gallon of LSD is enough to be used on around 55,000 people!
9. King Cobra Venom $153,000 per gallon
King Cobra is the most poisonous and life taking snake known to the world. The venom of the king cobra is enough to kill a full-grown elephant, and hence the snake is feared by everyone!
King cobra’s venom also contains a highly rare protein which is called Ohanian. Ohanian finds its use as a painkiller that is 20 times more potent than morphine!
10. Scorpion Venom $39,000,000 per gallon
Scorpions use their venom to protect themselves from predators and animals that prey on them. However, only a quarter of the known scorpion species has venom potent enough to kill a human being.
The unique protein found in a scorpion’s venom can be used to cure pain in humans who suffer from various medical issues such as multiple sclerosis (MS), inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.