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Group travels from Minnesota to Canada to buy $34 insulin that's for $380 in US
Jul 9th, 2019 at 5:15pm
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Group travels from Minnesota to Canada to buy $34 insulin that runs for $380 in the US

Nearly a dozen people living with diabetes recently boarded a bus to travel from Minnesota to Canada to purchase affordable insulin.

According to a local Fox station, those who made the hours-long trip to London, Ontario, last week said they have had to choose between purchasing insulin or paying their bills.

“Here in the United States, people are having to choose between, ‘Do I pay my rent or do I buy my insulin?’” Deb Souther, one of the people who made the journey, told the station in an interview released on Monday.

During the interview, Souther, who has diabetes, presented reporters with a pair of insulin vials she is required to take. “This one was purchased in Canada for $34 and this one in the United States for $380.”

Souther said she purchased a three-month supply of the drug while she was in Canada.

“It’s unbelievable that we can just go across the border and get the insulin for this price,” she added. “Three months’ supply and save thousands and thousands of dollars.”


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Reply #1 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 6:30pm
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Prices are getting lower every day according to Trump.

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Reply #2 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 6:34pm
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Vypr wrote on Jul 9th, 2019 at 5:15pm:
Group travels from Minnesota to Canada to buy $34 insulin that runs for $380 in the US

Nearly a dozen people living with diabetes recently boarded a bus to travel from Minnesota to Canada to purchase affordable insulin.

According to a local Fox station, those who made the hours-long trip to London, Ontario, last week said they have had to choose between purchasing insulin or paying their bills.

“Here in the United States, people are having to choose between, ‘Do I pay my rent or do I buy my insulin?’” Deb Souther, one of the people who made the journey, told the station in an interview released on Monday.

During the interview, Souther, who has diabetes, presented reporters with a pair of insulin vials she is required to take. “This one was purchased in Canada for $34 and this one in the United States for $380.”

Souther said she purchased a three-month supply of the drug while she was in Canada.

“It’s unbelievable that we can just go across the border and get the insulin for this price,” she added. “Three months’ supply and save thousands and thousands of dollars.”


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Re: Group travels from Minnesota to Canada to buy $34 insulin that's for $380 in US
Reply #3 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 7:06pm
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As a 30-plus year insulin dependent Type 1 diabetic, insulin prices have skyrocketed over the last 10-15 years to insane levels...... However, you can still walk into Wal-Mart and buy Novolin N insulin without a prescription for $24.88... While it is not the newest, most modern insulin on the market, and is not suited for my insulin pump,.... 20 -25 years ago most of us were taking this insulin and having good control... This is not to excuse the profiteering of Insulin manufacturers, .. but if you know anyone who is struggling to buy these high-dollar insulins, give them this info, I never see it mentioned in reports on the gouging.
  
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Reply #4 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 10:27pm
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Lantus is a long-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Lantus is more popular than other insulins. There is currently no generic alternative for Lantus, but there is an alternative insulin with the same active ingredient as Lantus.

Check our savings tips for co-pay cards, assistance programs, and other ways to reduce your cost. The most common version of Lantus is covered by 82% of insurance plans at a co-pay of $37.50-$67.50, however, some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.

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Reply #5 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 11:15pm
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This is because pharma companies let foreign countries pay way less than US citizens.  It's cheaper not because Canada is a magical wonderful place, but because they're subsidized by americans who pay the high price.  This is one of the ways the US has been screwed over for a long time, along with the Chinese tricks and NATO countries not paying their share.  The lib/RINOs have allowed this situation to last for decades, but now Trump is doing something about it.
  
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patrick2 wrote on Jul 9th, 2019 at 11:15pm:
This is because pharma companies let foreign countries pay way less than US citizens.  It's cheaper not because Canada is a magical wonderful place, but because they're subsidized by americans who pay the high price.  This is one of the ways the US has been screwed over for a long time, along with the Chinese tricks and NATO countries not paying their share.  The lib/RINOs have allowed this situation to last for decades, but now Trump is doing something about it.


Please let us know exactly what Trump is doing about it, besides vague promises.
  

 
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Re: Group travels from Minnesota to Canada to buy $34 insulin that's for $380 in US
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High drug prices in the US were never a problem until Trump was elected. No other president dealt with the issue and that was alright. But Trump! Roll Eyes
  

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Re: Group travels from Minnesota to Canada to buy $34 insulin that's for $380 in US
Reply #8 - Jul 10th, 2019 at 12:29am
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patrick2 wrote on Jul 9th, 2019 at 11:15pm:
This is because pharma companies let foreign countries pay way less than US citizens.  It's cheaper not because Canada is a magical wonderful place, but because they're subsidized by americans who pay the high price.  This is one of the ways the US has been screwed over for a long time, along with the Chinese tricks and NATO countries not paying their share.  The lib/RINOs have allowed this situation to last for decades, but now Trump is doing something about it.


Americans are paying a high price for insulin, so other countries can free-ride on their backs?  No.  Insulin prices tripled from 2002 to 2013.  Insulin was discovered early in the 1900s, and modern synthesis was brought to market in the 80s.  It's an old drug.  Prices are going up because of cartelization in the supply chain.  And Americans are paying because the drug companies own our representatives, and prevent them from bargaining.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin_(medication)#Economics
  

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Re: Group travels from Minnesota to Canada to buy $34 insulin that's for $380 in US
Reply #9 - Jul 10th, 2019 at 6:10am
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If I was taking insulin inn the U.S. and I heard about a better price deal across the border, I sure as heck would want to know for certain that the quality of the insu8lin was the same as what I was taking/getting from the U.S.  Medicine is one area where I want quality as opposed to quantity.

Not to be tacky, but I suggest that two of the ladies in the picture could help themselves and their disease by losing a little weight and watch what they eat.  Just a suggestion, of course.
  
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