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Buying Insulin In Bangkok!

Insulin is as important as water, blood, food, and happiness to living for a diabetic. We need it, we gotta have it, but unfortunately it doesn’t flow freely from faucets. Maybe in an ideal diabetic world there will be sterile insulin faucets everywhere around the world, but for now, we’ll call that faucet a pharmacy. And when traveling, you can pack three times more insulin than you need, but things still happen where you might need to find a pharmacy and buy insulin quickly. We’re here to help you out if you are ever in Bangkok when this happens. Emily and I have been eating, wat touring, and monk chatting our way through Thailand, which is known around the world for its medical tourism in Bangkok. People travel from across the globe for its good doctors and low costs. Because of this reputation, we decided to stock up on insulin before we move on to Cambodia, Vietnam, and India, who have good healthcare but not the same reputation as Bangkok. We have enough insulin to last for 3 more months, but we want to be prepared with more insulin than we need for the next few months because life happens and never goes as planned. It’s always good to have backup supplies to your bac Continue reading >>

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  1. Michel

    Here are some valuable threads that discuss, in one way or another, the price of insulin and diabetes medicines, and possible ways to obtain diabetes medicines and supplies for less:
    Importing insulin and diabetes drugs from Canada
    Canada insulin: price comparisons
    Vendors
    The SCOTUS Lexmark decision on 05/30/2017 appears to make import of FDA-approved drugs legal under certain conditions that are still a bit unclear. On that basis, we started researching sources and costs for Canadian insulin. This is what we found, with numbers we looked up over the past few days: [image] What I would choose If I had to choose, I would buy Basaglar for basal, and Novolog pens or vials, both from Mark’s Marine Pharmacy. Mark’s Marine Pharmacy is a brick-and-mortar pharmacy i…
    Online Canadian Pharmacy: CanadaDrugs.com
    Vendors
    I have used CanadaDrugs.com several times. A+ from me. Cheap, reliable, easy to use. https://www.canadadrugs.com/
    Insulin from Canada: PharmacyChecker
    Vendors
    I found this site today. I was comparing prices on insulin. There are so many ways to get insulin cheaper from Canada. Like 1/4 of the cost!!! But sometimes they don’t ship insulin because the cost of keeping it cold is expensive. This site will give you the name of reputable pharmacies that ship a particular medicine you are looking for. Just put in the name of the insulin and it will give you the names of the online pharmacies. https://www.pharmacychecker.com/ And it gives you names of pla…
    Online Canadian Pharmacy: Mark's Marine Pharmacy RXCanada4Less.com
    Vendors
    Marks Marine Pharmacy is also a great place. Family-owned kinda feeling. I really like them. Cheaper insulin than you can get in the U.S., NovoLog and Humalog are about 1/6 to 1/10 of the cost! (Lantus is about 1/4) Another A+. Here is their website: https://rxcanada4less.com/
    Online Canadian Pharmacy: Canadian Insulin Connection
    Vendors
    URL: http://canadainsulinconnection.com/products.php?drug=INSULIN As of 06/02/2017 Basaglar, 5x pens -> Not Available Lantus, 5x pen ->$178 for 5 3x Lantus, 5x pen ->$160 for 5 Lantus vial ->$130 3x Lantus vial ->$110 Novolog, 5x cartridges -> $125 for 5 3x Novolog, 5x cartridges ->$99 for 5 Novolog vial -> $78 3x Novolog vial ->$57 This is not an endorsement or a suggestion you should buy anything from them :slight_smile:
    Online Canadian Pharmacy: DiscountRxMart.com
    Vendors
    Their URL: http://www.discountrxmart.com/pricelist.php?search=insulin No Basaglar Lantus pens 5x -> $178 per 5 3x Lantus pens 5x -> $160 per 5 1x Lantus vial ->$130 3x Lantus vial ->$110 Novolog [Novorapid] vial -> $78 3x Novolog [Novorapid] vial -> $56 Novolog [Novorapid] cartridges 5x -> $118 per 5 3x Novolog [Novorapid] cartridges 5x -> $99 per 5 This is not an endorsement or a suggestion you should buy anything from them :slight_smile:
    Online Canadian Pharmacy: CanadianInsulin.com
    Vendors
    Their URL: https://www.canadianinsulin.com/ As of 4/28/2017 No Basaglar Lantus 5x pens -> $187 per 5 3x lantus 5x pens ->$162 per 5 Lantus vial -> $141 3x lantus vial -> $99 Novolog 5x pens -> $137 per 5 3x Novolog 5x pens -> $112 per 5 Novolog cartridges 5x -> $132 per 5 3x Novolog cartridges 5x -> $107 per 5 Novolog vial -> $80 3x Novolog vial -> $57 This is not an endorsement or a suggestion you should buy anything from them :slight_smile:
    Is it legal to import insulin and diabetes drugs?
    Foreign drug import is now legal: SCOTUS decision
    Insurance
    Today's new Supreme Court decision on foreign patent rights appears to makes it legal to import drugs that are FDA-approved from lower-priced markets into the US. In Impression Products vs Lexmark, the Supreme Court just ruled that patent rights are exhausted when a patent holder sells a product abroad, meaning that they cannot stop the product from being imported into a third country by claiming it violates patent rights. This is a MAJOR shift, that may have momentous consequences on the pr…
    Foreign drug import is now legal: discussion thread
    Insurance
    Today’s new Supreme Court decision on foreign patent rights appears to makes it legal to import drugs that are FDA-approved from lower-priced markets into the US. In Impression Products vs Lexmark, the Supreme Court just ruled that patent rights are exhausted when a patent holder sells a product abroad, meaning that they cannot stop the product from being imported into a third country by claiming it violates patent rights. This is a MAJOR shift, that may have momentous consequences on the pric…
    Consequences of SCOTUS Lexmark decision on parallel drug imports: exclusive interview with Professor Abbott
    Insurance
    On May 30, 2017, in Impression Products vs. Lexmark, the Supreme Court reversed a Federal Circuit decision over the right by Lexmark to stop the import of refurbished Lexmark printer cartridges into the US. The Court ruled, through the opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, that, regardless of where the sale occurs (in the US or abroad), the seller gives up all patent rights when the sale occurs, even if the buyer agrees not to resell the product to anyone else. This decision is of mino…
    Importing insulin: Analysis by Erica Lietzan
    Insurance
    Erika Lietzan is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. She is an expert in drug and device regulation, the FDA, and intellectual property. We have been in contact with her over the past week. She just published a very significant analysis of the Impression Products vs. Lexmark SCOTUS decision, specifically focused on pharmaceuticals. Her conclusions do not give much hope to the legality of immediate import, although they do leave a narrow door open. They con…
    If you are desperate: cheapest insulin and supplies in the US
    EMERGENCY: Cheapest insulin and diabetes supplies
    Tipwiki
    What do you do when you can’t afford your expensive analogue insulin this month? The horrifying story of Shane Boyle made me wonder what the cheapest diabetes supplies for a month would be – I mean rock-bottom, what you would do if you had no other way to stay alive (beyond asking for charity). This is what I found (no prescription required for any of it, except in one state,Indiana): vial of NPH, for 2x day injection, no prescription required, $25/ vial (Walmart) - maybe 2x per month? v…
    Why it is expensive: how diabetes drugs are priced in the US
    How drug prices work: a must-read
    Insurance
    This remarkable article is what got me to understand for the first time how drug pricing works: [image] courtesy - Business Insider The consequence, for people with diabetes, is this: Because of the extraordinary public dissatisfaction with drug prices, for the first time some drug makers are now starting to share their net prices rather than their list prices. But, as explained in the article and diagram above, a large part of …
    The rising price of insulin: a shocking historical record
    Insurance
    Business Insider has done a truly great job at covering health cost issues lately. They have published many articles on insulin, several of which have carried a historical record of insulin prices. The curve is truly shocking, pin particular when you consider that these drugs are many years old, with R&D costs paid off many times over. Here is the latest article and record: [image] courtesy Business Insider
    When insulin makers change prices together, is that collusion?
    Insurance
    Insulin prices have something remarkable in common across all manufacturers: they almost always change together. Is that collusion? This article, again from Business Insider, discusses the how and the why: Hard to believe it's a coincidence, eh? Look at this: [image] Courtesy Business Insider
    The games some drugmakers play
    Insurance
    We often talk about how the price of some drugs increases every year to unsustainable levels. In some cases, what starts the price spiral is a gaming strategy: Have a look at what happens to this drug price and when: [image] courtesy Business Insider
    Drug prices: FDA considers encouraging generics
    Insurance
    The FDA head says he is looking into what we can do to encourage competition from generics: A few nuggets I found that I thought were of interest: The first generic drug that hits the market will “only slightly lower” the price compared to the brand, according to an FDA analysis. A second generic competitor approved will slash the price to almost half that of the brand version while subsequent approvals will drop the cost to 20 percent of the brand. The action on generic drugs would be …

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  2. Michel

    @kelsploz , above is a quick list of all the threads I know of that may be useful.

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