The Price Of Insulin In The United States Is Too High. Many People Take A Caravan To Buy Medicine In Canada
As we all know, insulin is their "life-saving drug" for people with diabetes. However, in the United States, due to high insulin prices, many diabetics have to choose to take a "caravan" and travel long distances to pharmacies on the border between Canada and the United States to buy cheap insulin.
Americans go to Canada to buy insulin
According to Reuters, on June 29th, a team from Minneapolis, Minnesota, finally arrived in Ontario, Canada, to purchase a life-saving type 1 diabetes drug at a local pharmacy.
The report quoted team member Nicola Smith-Hult as saying that the team had about 20 people. Her 26-year-old son died in June 2017 because the price of insulin in the United States was too high and had to reduce the amount of insulin used. Nicola said that this is the second time she took a caravan to Canada to buy medicine.
They also went to Canada to buy medicine for the same reason in May this year, but the scale was relatively small last time. In order to buy affordable drugs, Americans used to travel to countries like Mexico and Canada, and they continue to do so today.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported in May that Canadian pharmacists found that Americans who came to Canada to find cheap drugs had a "quiet increase."
According to a January study, the price of insulin in the United States has almost doubled, and the average annual cost has risen from $2,864 in 2012 to $5,705 in 2016.
Nicola said that although the amount of insulin purchased by each person is not the same, many people can save $3,000 if they calculate the insulin required for three months. The entire team can save $15,000. 20,000 US dollars.
Although buying insulin in Canada does not require a prescription, Nicola and others still carry it with them because they have to prove to the border patrol that they are not reselling insulin.
Quinn Nystrom, a head of the diabetes organization's T1 International Minnesota branch, said on Twitter in May that the price of a bottle of insulin in the US is $320, while the same insulin in Canada costs only $30.
The non-profit organization that advocates increased treatment for type 1 diabetes describes the current state of the United States as an "insulin crisis." Elizabeth Pfiester, executive director of the organization, said: "We know that many people can't even participate in such a caravan trip because they can't afford to travel to another country."