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[IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V13 #843

When I get my insulin refilled through Kaiser, they always send a receipt
telling me my savings and what their regular price is. I receive five
bottles of Humalog at a time. My copay (thankfully!) is $20. But the
receipt shows the total 'retail' price at $256, so just over $50 a vial.
How is it other places are charging $130 a vial?


On 10/29/15 8:25 AM, "insulin-pumpers-digest"
<email @ redacted> wrote:

>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?
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