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  1. FatCatAnna
    FatCatAnna September 12, 2011 at 6:41 am | | Reply

    I’ve helped out a few Americans with their insulin requirements – knowing it was “illegal” – and yuppers – our the statement on our my insulin states clearly – no importing.

    Did you know we have the same problems with cat food (I know off topic) – but both of our countries state that. I had tinned cat food taken away from me at the border of Canada when returning from your country! My poor cats had to suffer without those tins of cheaper cat food (it’s more expensive here in Canada). The wierd thing is that the food is MADE in the USA – similar to the insulin dilema for USA folks bringing cheaper “Canadian” insulin back to their country.

    I’m hoping one day that USA goes the same route as Canada does – and other countries – for selling the product we need to stay alive at a less expensive price. We don’t chose to get ill (well – in my case as a 6 year old when diagnosed with T1 – I didn’t – darn immune system of mine went a wee bit overboard with attacking the good guys). The only thing is – many Americans don’t want to go the socialist way that many countries outside of the northern hemisphere go with their medical system. It works tho’ for us in Canada, we gripe about high taxes, but we don’t go without meds due to the expense, we ALL put monies into one big pot – that each province (state) handles differently – and no one goes without. Yes, a Canadian may not have any health problems now – and may grumble about the taxes we put out BUT – in the end – it benefits all.

    Now, if only we Canadians could pay the same amount for gas as Americans do – now that’s another whole can of worms :) so I guess in way – it all averages out in the end when you think about it with what is more expensive in one country and not in the other – right?

  2. Scott S
    Scott S September 12, 2011 at 8:41 am | | Reply

    Thank you for clarifying some of this, Allison. Let me add one other item to this discussion: prior to 1992, no insulin sold in the U.S. even required a prescription from a doctor. With the first insulin analogues, Eli Lilly & Co. convinced the FDA that an Rx was necessary (the reality is that it really wasn’t, but pharma wanted to control the marketing of these products, too), but Health Canada didn’t buy it the way the U.S. FDA did, so most insulin analogues are actually available without a prescription from a doctor in Canada, and that includes online pharmacies, although some try to comply with U.S. laws and may require a doctors Rx for these products, but not ALL Canadian pharmacies will require one.

  3. Michael Hoskins
    Michael Hoskins September 12, 2011 at 10:31 am | | Reply

    Very interesting topic, Allison. Thanks for writing about this important issue, and to Scott for that added nugget. I like to think there’s an added tagline to all of this that you should be able to do this “at your own risk,” even if that’s not the case… (But. No. Um, I would NEVER go against what the all-knowing FDA says… Never. You know, for the record.)

  4. Michael
    Michael September 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm | | Reply

    It goes 2 ways. Check out this gouging. Sure-T infusion set pricing in Canada vs US:

    http://www.minimed.ca/SearchResult.aspx?categoryID=163

    https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/store/products/IS-PARA

    I doubt that regulatory or supply chain issues justfy 2x the cost.

    Apparently one needs a prescription to order these from the US though.

  5. Ben
    Ben December 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm | | Reply

    So how about great organisations like:

    http://insulinforlifeusa.org/how-you-can-help

    who accept Insulin donation’s from around the world to distribute to those in need.

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