Americans cross the border to buy their insulin

Americans flock to Windsor, southwestern Ontario, to buy insulin, which is up to 10 times cheaper than in the United States.

There is not a day when Richard Yee, owner of Yee Pharmacy in downtown Windsor, does not answer phone calls from Michigan residents looking to buy this drug.

Some come to his pharmacy about 15 times a month to buy insulin because they can not afford it in the United States, he says.

Jillian Rippolone, a member of a group of diabetics from Michigan, on Thursday visited the pharmacy of Mr. Yee. According to her, her insurance covers most of her insulin costs, but not the emergency supplies that exceed the maximum amount per month.

She further explains that in order to buy insulin in the United States, it is necessary to have a prescription, which is not the case in Canada.

In Canada, prices can range from $40 to $100 depending on the type of insulin. Mrs. Rippolone says she pays US$340 for the insulin vial in Michigan.

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