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Why American Diabetics Go to Mexico and Craiglist for Insulin | NYT Opinion

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In the video Op-Ed above, those affected by Type 1 diabetes argue that insulin is unaffordable, leaving diabetics to take risks like rationing insulin or buying from strangers online. Drug prices in the U.S. have risen dramatically in recent years, but with no alternatives to insulin, diabetics are caught in the crosshairs: Missing a single dose could land them in the hospital, and lead to death in as little as a few days. Patent laws allow pharmaceutical companies to block competition and prevent affordable generics, and so-called safe harbor regulations legalize kickbacks between the makers of insulin and the middlemen who distribute it, ultimately raising prices for the consumer. Colorado has recently capped insulin copays, and Congress is actively investigating why the price of insulin is so high. Ely Lilly, one of the top three insulin producers, has also announced a half-priced alternative to its top-selling product. But this is not enough: Insulin must be affordable and accessible in order to prevent more deaths from a perfectly manageable disease. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/U8Ys7n More from The New York Times Video: http://nytimes.com/video ---------- Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch. Patent laws allow pharmaceutical companies to block competition and prevent affordable generics, and so-called safe harbor regulations legalize kickbacks between the makers of insulin and the middlemen who distribute it, ultimately raising prices for the consumer. Colorado has recently capped insulin copays, and Congress is actively investigating why the price of insulin is so high. Ely Lilly, one of the top three insulin producers, has also announced a half-priced alternative to its top-selling product. But this is not enough: Insulin must be affordable and accessible in order to prevent more deaths from a perfectly manageable disease. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/U8Ys7n More from The New York Times Video: http://nytimes.com/video ---------- Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch.
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Text Comments (1913)
Nemo Nemi (4 hours ago)
That's horrible
Joar pojken (1 day ago)
I’m very lucky to live in Sweden it’s free here
Sophia Jones (1 day ago)
Its pathetic to live without medicine in a world class country
KOK0100 (3 days ago)
Get money out of politics! Get lobbyists out of politics! Stop voting for people who are owned by corporate donors!
Moochie (7 days ago)
Stop this caravan
Wow
Nick Latino (9 days ago)
The AMERICAN thing to do would be to promote fair trade in the medical field. It is because of these issues that I consider myself biapartisian
Jonny Jones (9 days ago)
Move to Mexico. Bye Felicia
Zade Nabi (10 days ago)
Hormone dealer
Mac Tube (11 days ago)
DOn't you have generic medicine like we have in poor countries? LOL!!
Mac Tube (11 days ago)
worlds greatest but costliest country to Live? Greatness is myth>?
Attila Vidacs (11 days ago)
It's alright, as long as she has money to get those tats everything is good.
rickrudd (12 days ago)
Because they're lazy leftist weaklings who should try working an honest day for one God dam time in their otherwise worthless lives?
Cj Me (13 days ago)
Cause Americans pay higher prices to support Deadbeat Mexicans
WDEMMEL (13 days ago)
Elect party independent representatives who owe nothing to corporations or party leadership. Oh, you'd rather stick to your flavor of politics. In that case, shut up and pay up.
XxŁ1FeŁless (13 days ago)
In the UK insulin is free!
Navid Karim (14 days ago)
If this model continues to increase then the pharmaceutical companies will lose a lot of money due to a decrease of customers.
trueleowdeo (14 days ago)
in Uganda, insulin costs $1 with no insurance. I can send it to you
trueleowdeo (14 days ago)
Insulin’s Inventor Sold the Patent for $1. Then Drug Companies Got Hold of It.
Kitterz (14 days ago)
My daughter has T1D and I’m terrified what will happen when she no longer will be on my insurance and moves out of state. I can’t even fathom what her pump supplies are going to cost her. Not kidding when I say I’m stockpiling every supply reorder whether she needs it or not. I’d rather she have months to figure out the system than weeks. Insulin is something that can’t be stockpiled so well. Has to be refrigerated, and has a shelf life. Canada will be her best bet.
yetlin (14 days ago)
Bernie about to end their careers, lol.
Time Is illmatic (14 days ago)
Tbh it’s much cheaper in Jamaica as well
Massimo Savino Sth 21 (14 days ago)
ITS THEIR RIGHT
Kevlar Vrus 57 (15 days ago)
And the people of the USA want to call other countries third world.
Tendrillion (15 days ago)
To be honest if i was north american and diabetic i'd think about making my own insulin out of pig pancreas.
jomsart (15 days ago)
Tretinoin in the Philippine grocery. 1 dollar Tretinoin in the US Pharmace WITH a prescription. 100 dollars.
Janko M (15 days ago)
I am not saying Serbia has the best healthcare system in the world, but compared to the US we are golden. If you are a diabetic insulin is provided by the state and the healthcare is essentialy free for you if you are employed or a child (unemployed - you have to pay 2000 diners (15$) a month for the pension fund and healthcare.
Lily Kronwell (15 days ago)
I live in Tijuana and it is true that *many* US citizens buy medicine here, and they buy tons of it at once. I hope people move/protest to achieve a better healthcare system for every social range, not just the 'rich'.
taylor merlino (15 days ago)
The worst country ever
taylor merlino (15 days ago)
Shootem up
Hector Guerrero (15 days ago)
Canary seed milk is better than insulin. My dad stop injecting and using insulin after this recipe...as an organic farmer .advise stop using that shshjdjs
Chew Chew Train (15 days ago)
My mother's pill is 5 times cheaper in Mexico and France. Instead of paying US$1,000 a month in the USA, it's $200.
H krnz (15 days ago)
The USA is lost and a failure.
Mike Honcho (15 days ago)
disgusting.
Simon Helgaker (15 days ago)
In Norway Its free
Matthew Madruga (15 days ago)
If you go to craigslist for insulin, then you are risking your life twice
lekroc (15 days ago)
NHS
stefan x (16 days ago)
Im a diabetic and i live in the netherlands my insulin is free!
Milkchocolatte1 (16 days ago)
“aMeRiCa Is NuMbEr OnE”
Simon Breanda (16 days ago)
The us has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, yet ranks way down the list of countries with best patient outcomes according to the world health organisation. Due to the expensive cost of treatment it actually costs every us tax payer 8 times more in tax to offer Obama care to the uninsured, excluding the cost of their own insurance compared to the European style Universal health care system, which ranks far higher by the world health organisation along with Canada for patient outcomes. Big pharma and insurance companies hold the power in the US and this needs to change!
Majda Ben (16 days ago)
This is so sad.
Twiggyanajones2 (16 days ago)
My Dads insulin is several hundred dollars every month. He can't afford that On disability. Only reason he's still alive is because his Dr supplies him with free samples ...... wtf
Thomas the Train (16 days ago)
Wow, it's that bad
Huevo Duro702 (16 days ago)
Male or female?
myra961 (16 days ago)
in my country, hospitals BEG for diabetics to get it from them and to use it. Now, the government made a new law to make sure any medicines are fully use, not going to landfill.
Good Scott (16 days ago)
Big pharma is BS. it's the complete opposite of the free market that the US is supposed to have.
MORGAN L (16 days ago)
The blue eyed boy 😫😫⚘⚘💓💓😍😍 so beautiful
Fred Lomax (16 days ago)
Us $285 NZ $5 and america thinks it is no 1 in the world
sierra lynn (16 days ago)
Instead of all these politicians being in the pockets of big pharma, they should be regulating the pharmaceutical industry. Theres no need for the tv viewer to be inundated with pharmaceutical commercials on the level of Broadway productions, who do you think those advertising costs are being paid by, the consumer. Pharmaceutical advertising should be banned in every outlet except professional periodicals.
Johnjs (16 days ago)
RIP all the people who have this disease that wont ever be cured.
Blah b (16 days ago)
157 Pharmaceutical company executives have disliked this video.
I'm CJR (16 days ago)
Again blame the big business that buys it.
RODRICK HEFFLEY (16 days ago)
"lazy immigrants coming to our country for their own benefit"
Tee hee (16 days ago)
Come to the U.K. it’s free
Nottobegaybutgirls (16 days ago)
My sister has type 1 diabetes and we’re so lucky that diabetic supplies are free here in Sweden.
Mitchell Hou (16 days ago)
Note to the trump trading war. The only victims are gonna be the American citizens who buy the products. And to be honest, some products if China won’t provide, it would be hard to find another place that produce the same quality products with an even cheaper price. I really want to tell trump supporters, think twice of what you have done.
yuli the goat (16 days ago)
in britain we have nothing like this, everyone gets insulin if they need it. i never thought that the rest of the world was suffering and especially a country like america. it’s disgusting
Luis Miguel (16 days ago)
You pay for insulin in murica????? I'm sorry for you.
Ryan Vime-Olive (16 days ago)
Why do you expect the government to do anything
Mikhail •• (16 days ago)
It’s a free market
Molly Cartwright (16 days ago)
I have type 1
Trickster Rickster (16 days ago)
Aw man, people can choose the price of the product that they are selling? What madness! The government which we completely trust should regulate everything sold on the market
Dylan Channel (16 days ago)
This actually sucks because I’m turning 18 next year so I have to get health care soon
Fayco Garibay (16 days ago)
Mexico actually has some of the greatest surgeons, doctors and medicine, idk why people look down at what Mexico has.
Hi You (16 days ago)
Fayco Garibay because it’s a corrupt country who don’t care about their own people
Lou Garza (17 days ago)
Diabetes is not a disease, it is a bad lifestyle and diet. My girlfriend has diabetes when she met me, her blood sugar levels were at 500. I cured her naturally and healthy through diet and apothecary. She is now down to 160s and dropping lower everyday she is with me. She just didn't know how to eat, everything she consumed had garbage in it.
Malloy (13 days ago)
diabetes is a disease. Type 1 Diabetes has nothing to do with lifestyle and diet. please educate yourself on all types of diabetes.
Tomas OG (17 days ago)
I hate the new York times but this is a great video.
A K (17 days ago)
Just come to my country and buy inulin for 2.73 dollars becuase it is 300 pkr
J Stewart (17 days ago)
BUT CONGRESS CAN KEEP DRAGGING THESES ILLEGAL SCUM INTO USA AND PAY FOR THEIR MEDS .BUT SCREW US CITZENS. THIS IS BS.
Brayden McSlouch (17 days ago)
*laughs in European*
haha (17 days ago)
ITS FREE IN ENGLAND WTFFFFFFF
William's Biking (17 days ago)
As a Diabetic in a country where insulin is free, this is sad to see
jigyanshu shrivastava (17 days ago)
Please read a book called counter clockwise
Oasis 514 (17 days ago)
lol just move to Canada.
123abc (17 days ago)
The drugs in Mexico are made by the same US companies yet they are cheaper there. What are they doing that we aren't? They will sell the same drugs to foreigners for a fraction of the price.
Riarh5 Gaming (17 days ago)
in canada its 30$ or free if your a canadian citizen under 25 or over senior age
David Godfrey (17 days ago)
Sad
Dorothy (17 days ago)
I discovered that my medication was $500 for 10 pills, so I went to Mexico to get it instead. Not only was it cheaper in the long run, it was also the same quality as American medication. I hate Big Pharma.
Izabella Galaxy (17 days ago)
It's incredibly cheap for them to make too.....Just like the EPI pens that people with allergies REQUIRED to carry on them to save their lives jumped like 400%.....#populationcontrol
Cayden Chen (17 days ago)
Ha get PPO
Moller Joe (17 days ago)
shame i get mine from the chemist
Andrew Martinez (17 days ago)
im bout to be the insulin plug! hit my line! girls get a lil discount;)
Puritania (17 days ago)
Thanks lord emperor trump and his worshipers
Sponge Boi (17 days ago)
eat sugar
Oxazepam65 (17 days ago)
You don't even need to go to Mexico. Insulin in Canada is a lot cheaper than USA. Lantus is ~CAD100$ in Canada compared to ~USD280$ in USA. That is like 5 times cheaper.
asss eater (17 days ago)
This is actually true my dad owns a drugstore in mexico city and he sees at least 200 Americans a week just for insulin alone a lot of them buy insulin in bulk
Alex Rivera (17 days ago)
They don't want out ppl but they do want our insulin lmao
Chicharito IsGoat (17 days ago)
America kills its own people
Dorkus Malorkus (17 days ago)
While I agree that greed is the cancer that is destroying humanity, Im not with the idea of shaming the pharma companies. They are companies, with investors, the bottom line is their whole reason for existing. They are doing their job, diabetes is a preventable disease, where were these people when it was time to take accountability for their poor choices? This is the *huge* flaw in the modern activist logic, they are happy denouncing the greedy man for lining his pockets but how much time to they spend investing in their own health? Stop expecting big brother to fix your every single mistake, take some responsibility for your errors and find solutions to them. Its not evil corporate greed that is the problem, it is reckless people with no sense of moral responsibility that is the problem.
Dorkus Malorkus (10 days ago)
@Rancid Rance the medical research is telling me that type 1 diabetes is not a hereditary disease although an infant can develop it if the mother has a sustained high blood sugar level during pregnancy. I'm inclined to believe what medical professionals have to say compared to what people on youtube with no degree in medicine have to say. Especially when those same people like throw the word "genetics" around in an attempt to absolve their poor dietary habits. You cannot be born with diabetes, you can develop it through sustaining poor dietary habits. If you have a weakened immune system from a birth defect, it is all the more reason to put down the processed food and start eating vegetables and consuming more grains. Genetics are not and will never be an excuse to not get ahead of your problems.
Rancid Rance (10 days ago)
@Dorkus Malorkus You realize type 1 diabetes is an auto immune disorder right? Nothing to do with weight. You might be confused with Maternal diabetes which can occur to the mother during pregnancy, not the child.
Dorkus Malorkus (10 days ago)
@Rancid Rance that is incorrect. Although it largely depends on how well the mother handles her dietary needs during pregnancy, diabetes is by far a genetic disposition, not a strictly inheritable disease. HIV is inheritable, mental disease is inheritable, diabetes *can* be inherited but the mother would have to be incredibly reckless in her diet in order for a child to come out unhealthy. Read: Macrosomia.
Rancid Rance (11 days ago)
Type 1 diabetes is not preventable, it's genetic.
des n (17 days ago)
$1.3k a month? You can get insulin for like 2-3 years in Spain with that
_mint // (17 days ago)
really wishing i wasn't american
Alejandro Perez (17 days ago)
As a Chemist working in a USA pharmacy, they hide a lot of ingredients (drugs) that is within any medicine. In other words, they don’t label every precise active ingredient.
Hi You (16 days ago)
I bet you’re lying just to make America look bad
"The Greatest First World Country" where people have to cross borders to buy affordable medicines for perfectly controlable deceases.
Luke Skywalker (17 days ago)
how bout buying cookies... you dont need shots just eat sugar
Malloy (13 days ago)
that is literally the exact opposite of what shots do. shots lower blood sugar not bring it up 🤦🏻‍♀️
lilgucci rolex (17 days ago)
Glad to not be a diabedic
Prasad Bankar (17 days ago)
We haven't really made any new medicines in past few decades and companies rising prices is stupid.
Angel Apellido (17 days ago)
The same happens to us mexicans
THE BUDDHA 420 (17 days ago)
It’s called monopoly they have it you don’t you’ll pay whatever it takes even if it takes everything you have and they don’t care because they’re billions they’re on their private island next to their private yacht surrounded by all the people they Own
Kali Robinson (17 days ago)
As a pharmacy tech it’s tragic to have to charge people so much, it’s a regular topic in a pharmacy. I almost cried once when I charged an old woman over a thousand dollars for insulin. One of the worst parts of the job.
IHATEWEEABOOS22 (17 days ago)
I mean it was your choice to have diabetes🤷‍♂️ just stop having it if you can't afford the drugs
Viceral Man (17 days ago)
When bullet are cheaper than medicine you know there is a problem.

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