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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 04:41 PM

As price of insulin soars, Americans caravan to Canada for lifesaving medicine

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As price of insulin soars, Americans caravan to Canada for lifesaving medicine

By Emily Rauhala
June 16 at 2:52 PM

As their minivan rolled north, they felt their nerves kick in — but they kept on driving. ... At the wheel: Lija Greenseid, a rule-abiding Minnesota mom steering her Mazda5 on a cross-border drug run.

Her daughter, who is 13, has Type 1 diabetes and needs insulin. In the United States, it can cost hundreds of dollars per vial. In Canada, you can buy it without a prescription for a tenth of that price.

So, Greenseid led a small caravan last month to the town of Fort Frances, Ontario, where she and five other Americans paid about $1,200 for drugs that would have cost them $12,000 in the United States.

“It felt like we were robbing the pharmacy,” said Quinn Nystrom, a Type 1 diabetic who joined the caravan that day. “It had been years since I had 10 vials in my hands.”
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Emily Rauhala writes about foreign affairs, with a focus on Canada, for The Washington Post. She spent a decade as an editor and correspondent in Asia, first for Time magazine and later, from 2015 to 2018, as China correspondent in Beijing for The Post. In 2017, she shared an Overseas Press Club award for a series about the Internet in China. Follow https://twitter.com/emilyrauhala

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mahatmakanejeeves Jun 16 OP
RKP5637 Jun 16 #1
customerserviceguy Jun 16 #2
BlueJac Jun 16 #3
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 16 #4
Aussie105 Jun 17 #5
Aristus Jun 17 #6
IronLionZion Jun 17 #7
ROB-ROX Jun 17 #8

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 04:46 PM

1. Each day, the US becomes an even more shitty place to live IMO!!! n/t

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 04:54 PM

2. In the olden days

say, twenty years ago, drugs used to get cheaper as time went on. Patents expired, new, more efficient manufacturing techniques were used, and economies of scale as more people were put on a drug all combined to bring prices down, or at least let them stay fairly level.

Insulin was first developed a HUNDRED years ago! Big Pharma is begging to be nationalized by the next Democratic President.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:17 PM

3. Enough is enough...

buy drugs from other countries and save tons of money!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:06 AM

5. What?

Americans have to PAY for their insulin?
Since when did that become a thing?

Yeah, ok. Australians pay too. A token amount, about US $3 for a month supply, I believe. (A bit more if you have a job or are not a pensioner.)

But yes, buy up big while you can. It's subsidised by the Canadian tax payer after all, and Justin may start to object.

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Response to Aussie105 (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 11:07 AM

6. It isn't just a subsidy that brings the price down.

The Canadian government negotiates with the pharmaceutical companies to get bulk drugs at a significantly discounted price.

The U.S. Federal government used to be able to do that, but the practice was outlawed by the Medicare Act of 2005 or 6, which was a huge payday for the drug companies.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 02:00 PM

7. House Democrats' internal feud over prescription drug prices, explained

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/17/18650959/nancy-pelosi-prescription-drug-prices-lloyd-doggett

interesting and frustrating article about the policy proposals for this issue

If it were easy, I suppose we would have it.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:30 PM

8. Mexico Is The OTHER Place To Get Prescriptions

Their are many people who go south for their "vacation" day drive to stock up on drugs. When it costs money for gas and time to drive hundreds of miles to cross the border it must be a DEAL.....Damn republicans screwing people in the USA for a damn buck..........

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