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W. MI family travels to Canada for cheaper insulin

October 11, 2019


BRIAN:..FIRST TONIGHT — GROWN-UP GRIEF ON THE FACE OF A CHILD..NEW AT SIX – HOW THE IMAGE OF THESE TWO BROTHERS HELPS ILLUSTRATE ONE WEST MICHIGAN FAMILY’S STRUGGLE WITH DIABETES.. AND THE SKYROCKETING PRICE OF INSULIN.. 3 SUE:..TARGET 8 INVESTIGATOR SUSAN SAMPLES IS DIGGING INTO HOW THE HIGH PRICE OF INSULIN IS COSTING OUR FAMILIES MORE THAN MONEY… 3 SUSAN:..30 MILLION AMERICANS – ROUGHLY ONE IN TEN – DEPEND ON INSULIN…. WHICH MORE THAN QUADRUPLED IN PRICE IN A DECADE.AS CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP SCRAMBLE TO FIND WAYS TO FORCE DOWN SOARING PRICES – ONE WEST MICHGIAN FAMILY COULDN’T WAIT – SO THEY FOUND THEIR OWN SOLUTION. 3 3 “NAT SOUND”AT 7 YEARS OLD – CYRUS LOCKWOOD SHOULDN’T KNOW THIS DRILL… NOW HOW DANGEROUS DIABETES CAN BE.. 3 “IT’S SCARY…”HE WAS DIAGNOSED SIX WEEKS AGO. 3 “113.. THAT’S PRETTY GOOD..” BUT HIS BLOOD SUGAR DROPPED SO LOW AT SCHOOL RECENTLY THEY HAD TO CALL AN AMBULANCE.. 3 “HE SAID I’M AFRAID I’M GOING TO GET TO A ONE AND I’M GOING TRO DIE. THERE’S NO SEVEN YEAR OLD THAT SHOULD SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT DYING.. IT’S NOT .. THAT’S NOT OKAY.” IT’S NOT OKAY EITHER THAT THE LOCKWOODS HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HOW TO AFFORD HIS KIND OF INSULIN – WHICH SHE SAYS MEDICAID NO LONGER COVERS. 3 “A ONE MONTHS SUPPLY OF NOVOLOG IS 606 DOLLARS .. THAT’S FOR ONE CHILD..” “US THREE WERE DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES..” THAT’S RIGHT… TIMES THAT 600 BUCKS BY THREE – BECAUSE THAT’S HOW MANY LOCKWOOD CHILDREN NEED INSULIN TO LIVE… AT A COST OF 1800 BUCKS OUT OF POCKET PER MONTH.. 3 “IT’S NOT RIGHT.. IT’S NOT RIGHT.. WE LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES.. WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE THE MOST ADVANCED COUNTRY AND YET WE’RE PUTTING PEOPLE’S HEALTH AT RISK.. FOR PROFIT..” 3 “I’M DESPERATE..” THAT DESPERATION DROVE THE LOCKWOODS TO MAKE THE THREE HOUR TRECK TO SARNIA ONTARIO… WHERE THEY BOUGHT A YEAR’S WORTH OF INSULIN JUST ACROSS THE CANADIAN BORDER… AND SAVED MORE THAN 65-HUNDRED DOLLARS.. 3 “IT’S LIKE 600 DOLALRS HERE BUT IT’S LIKE 70 IN CANDA.. (WHAT DO 3 YOU THINK ABOUT THAT) WELL IT’S KIND OF WEIRD..” 3 “IT IS BECAUSE CANADA REGULATES THE PRICES OF DRUGS..” MARIANNE UDOW- PHILLIPS RUNS THE CENTER FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND TRANSFORMATION AT U OF M…. 3 “IT’S THE LEAST 3 TRANSPARENT PRICING SYSTEM OF ANY IN HEALTHCARE.. AND 3 ANY IN PRICING SYSTEM OF TRANSPARENT “IT’S THE LEAST TRANSPARENT PRICING SYSTEM OF ANY IN HEALTHCARE.. AND IT HAS THE BIGGEST SUPPLY CHAIN..” THAT LONG SUPPLY CHAIN MEANS LOTS OF PLAYERS WHO WANT A PAYDAY BEFORE INSULIN GETS TO CONSUMERS.. AND THEN THERE’S THE LACK OF COMPETITION DUE TO PATENTS THAT PREVENT OTHERS FROM MAKING CHEAPER VERSIONS OF THE SAME DRUG.. 3 “THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF PRESSURE ON DRUG MAKERS AND A LOT OF DISCUSSION IN CONGRESS ABOUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT THOSE PRICES..” EARLY THIS MONTH -ELI LILLY ANNOUNCED IT WILL MAKE A GENERIC INSULIN FOR HALF THE PRICE… BUT THAT’S STILL TOO COSTLY WHEN YOU’RE COVERING THREE – WHO ARE THANKFUL THEY AT LEAST HAVE EACH OTHER.. THAT’S BRADY HUGGING HIS BROTHER CYRUS WHEN THE 7 YEAR OLD WAS DIAGNOSED RECENTLY.. 3 “WHAT WERE YOU DOING IN THAT PICTURE.. CRYING.. WHY WERE YOU CRYING.. BECAUSE I FELT BAD FOR HIM.. ” 3 SUSAN:..CONGRESS IS PUSHING FOR REBATES TO INSULIN CUSTOMERS AND PRICE TRANSPARENCY… BUT UDOW- PHILLIPS WANTS TO LOOK AT THE PATENT PROCESS AND WAYS TO ALLOW FOR MORE COMPETITION… WHATEVER HAPPENS – SHE SAID THE SOLUTION WON’T BE QUICK.. WE’LL TRACK DEVEOPMENTS… BRIAN AND SUE.. 3

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25 Comments

  • Reply The Restoration Life March 27, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Nice country scum bag big pharmaceutical companies

  • Reply miguelandrebeccagoogle March 28, 2019 at 5:02 am

    My daughter is T1 and this breaks my heart.

  • Reply gina delsasso March 28, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Rebates? Ok…but u still have to pay out to get them. Those are not going to work. Just expand medicare and give us m4a like we all want.

  • Reply Halloween lover April 2, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    My heart broken for this mother
    This not fair !! It all because Obama and his Obama care .. thank mr trump for trying to help American citizens .. give him credit tor trying . they gave money to all other countries. Then complaining why health care cost a lot … then shut down government ppl lose everything loss their jobs. .

  • Reply DayStorm May 13, 2019 at 12:19 am

    As a Canadian, I'm glad they were able to come here for the insulin their son needs. On the other hand, this is terrifying. The cost of medication in the United States blows my mind. It truly does.

  • Reply charlief308 May 31, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Its sad

  • Reply Amber McCandless June 24, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    If Medicare for all is passed where the program is expanded to cover all common medical needs and serves every American, this wouldn’t be a issue anymore

  • Reply geoff dearth June 25, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    If your glucose gets too low it's because you took too much insulin or didn't eat enough. Just take a sugar tablet or drink a soda. You won't die.

  • Reply geoff dearth June 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I don't know where these people buy insulin. I get it for $27 from Walmart.

  • Reply Blu June 25, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Thank goodness we have Mexico and Canada right next door to us, just in case if anyone needs them.

  • Reply Eye for an Eye June 30, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Get it delivered. Tons of my patients get multiple medications delivered from Canada.

  • Reply John de Wit June 30, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    My mom had to use insulin during her pregnancy, idk the cost since it was completely covered, i think 20 euros a vile? Im from holland btw

  • Reply Puneet Singh July 1, 2019 at 3:10 am

    America has destroyed many countries and lives for its greed and now their greed is making make them pay

  • Reply Hakuraita July 1, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Countries should not be ruled by merchants and peddlers.

  • Reply I dont care I ship it July 1, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Pls try 'Aratelis'(Jamaican Cherry) it is a fruit like cherry type but grow on a tree it is more practical if you ask me you could just buy seed of that tree and have your own lifetime supply (also we're not only saving our life but our mother earth as well)
    It can prevent diabetes or hopefully can also cure.
    This discovery has been
    discovered this year(2019) by a highschool student of The Philippines

    Theres no harm to try bcs its a fruit it taste sweet and sometimes sour depends on what you pick, idk if their selling/have this to other country but still I highly recommend it
    Pls if you can spread this, do it, save those people who really needs or for more better everyone to be aware that there still a chance. Much cheaper and healthy cuz its natural

  • Reply unapologetically me July 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Just move here ♡ canadas is like the us only waaaay better! ♡

  • Reply unapologetically me July 1, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    The good ol USA leaders in many things health care isnt one of them smh

  • Reply alyssa jane July 1, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    "We are supposed to be the most advanced country" I'm sorry but that's what most Americans are made to believe. This has always been an issue, it just continues to grow and get worse. It's all business not about advancement and if the USA keeps going in the direction of profit and business and not the well being of the American people then it's only going to get worse.

  • Reply Endo__Suxx July 6, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Lower the price pharmaceutical companies! President push for that!!!

  • Reply Fern Lin-Healy July 8, 2019 at 4:42 am

    You can get it mailed from Canada. The pharmacy I use is Mark Marine Pharmacy in British Columbia. For an additional $25 they will ship it to you global express in a chilled box. They save me hundreds of dollars. I have no relationship with them other than as a customer.

  • Reply Zach T July 10, 2019 at 2:45 am

    We are supposed to be the richest, best country in the world, and yet people are dying from very treatable diseases because they can’t afford the cheap-to-produce drugs because of price gouging and monopolies. That’s late stage capitalism for you.

  • Reply Dwayne Costello July 10, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    It's important to remember a Canadian discovered insulin and sold the patent rights for $1 so everyone who needed the drug could afford it, you dont see that mentality today.. RIP Mr. Banting well done sir!

  • Reply CCJJ160Channels July 28, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Love that Americans are constantly bashing socialized medicine like they have in Canada yet don’t think twice about going there to get their cheaper prescriptions.

  • Reply Shawn Bird August 11, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Mixed emotions about this.Of course as a Canadian i don't mind helping out our neibours to the south.But they never give us any credit when the topic of WW 2 comes up.They continue to laugh at our health care, which they would absolutely love if they had it.Make fun of our money and police force etc. etc. Just satin' …!!!!

  • Reply Jim Mason September 25, 2019 at 2:42 am

    These young kids need a continuous glucose monitoring system…… And mom should have some type of "go fund me" program …. For a monthly fund…..to help out…..if everyone gave a little…….

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