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RE: [IP] Insulin from Canada



It is my understanding from a doctor that I know that works for a drug
company that most drugs are manufactured with the same level of
controls.  This is to say that Lilly insulin sold in Mexico, Canada and
the US have the same manufacturing controls.  However there are
companies that will manufacture something that looks identical however
is not.  As well, check all expiration dates before purchasing if in
another country.  A bottle of Humalog at one pharmacy in Nassau expired
one month from the day I was there.  The next pharmacy it was just under
one year.

Patients in different countries are under different economic
circumstances and drug companies are aware that if they price a
necessary drug too high, they will loose sales because the people can't
afford it.  The number of people that travel to a foreign country to
purchase cheaper drugs is currently minimal.  Likely the main concern is
internet based pharmacies, ie.. A respectable pharmacy in Mexico could
sell drugs into the US at cheaper rates, however I believe that customs
would prohibit the transportation of said drugs.  Is this for your
protection... Maybe... Then again it may also be to protect the profit
margin of the pharmaceutical companies as well.

-sonya

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf Of Mark Thomas
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 9:12 PM
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Subject: RE: [IP] Insulin from Canada


Katie:

Years ago, my mom is a retired RN used to buy drugs down in Mexico all
the time.  If I recall, they were super inexpensive.  I wonder if the
drugs sold in the country of origin have the same quality control as
drugs over here in the states?

Mark

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 9:24 PM
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Subject: Re: [IP] Insulin from Canada

I'm closer to Mexico, anyone have humalog prices for there? Krista
MM507C started pumping 1999
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