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RE: [IP] Re: How to get Insulin at a Cheaper Price



We can buy insulin over the counter here in Canada, too. The prices aren't as
good as the ones stated below in France, but they're definitely better than in
the US.

Anne
T1D 27+ years
Animas pumper


> Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:04:00 -0400
> Subject: Re: [IP] Re: How to get Insulin at a Cheaper Price
> From: email @ redacted
> To: email @ redacted
>
> Firas - you can also buy medications with no prescription in Central
> America and other parts of Europe as well, as long as it is not a
> narcotic.  The idea of needing a prescription for maintenance drugs, like
> insulin, is stupid.  It perpetuates the circle of insurance, doctors (and
> his staff), pharmacies.  Everybody has to make a profit at each stage.
>
> Jeffrey - if it weren't for a kind friend who gives me her surplus insulin
> (Humalog), I would not be able to afford it.  Costco offers a slight
> discount for people with no insurance, but it is still a lot of money.  I
> also asked Walmart why I could buy Humalog in Panama (for example) at
> $50/vial, when I have to pay over $130 (this was four years) here in the
> US.  The poor fool told me that it was because of all the innovations that
> were taking place in the medical world in the US.  Well, if you read the
> news in medicine, there is a lot of research going on in Europe, India and
> other places.  The fact of the matter is we (our country) are subsidizing
> other parts of the world who could not otherwise afford insulin or other
> medications.  Frankly, it irks me that we are so passive (I now I was when
> I had insurance).  We just assume the insurance will pay for it, so why
> fight for prices?
>
> On Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 7:40 AM, Firas Khatib <
> email @ redacted> wrote:
>
> > I ran out of insulin while I was traveling in France this past summer.
> > I walked into a Pharmacy with my pump and empty Novolog vial and
explained
> > to the pharmacist my situation.
> >
> > They told me "I'm sorry, we don't carry Novolog. We only have Humalog,
but
> > *I'm
> > sorry that you will have to pay full price*."
> >
> > I couldn't believe it when they rang it up: *a vial of Humalog was only
20
> > Euros (= ~$22) *
> > I pay more than that here just for my insulin copay!
> >
> > When I told my CDE about this yesterday, they would not believe me.
> > "There is no way you got that without a prescription or a seeing a
doctor!"
> > .
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