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Common Dreams - July 11, 2019

In an effort to "spotlight the corporate greed that has taken over the American healthcare system" and driven up the costs of life-saving drugs, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that he plans to travel to Canada later this month with a caravan of diabetics looking to purchase affordable insulin.

"Insulin costs over $300 [per vial] in the U.S.," tweeted Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. "In Canada, the same exact drug costs about $30. We can't wait for drug companies to lower prices. Americans need relief now!"

The trip, scheduled to leave Detroit July 28, will not be the first time Sanders has crossed the Canadian border with a group of Americans seeking affordable medicine.

In 1999, then a member of the House of Representatives, Sanders traveled to Canada with a busload of Vermonters to purchase breast cancer treatment that was "1/10th of the price they were paying in the U.S."

"Now, 20 years later we are basically in the same place," Sanders toldCNN. "We are going to take a group of people from Detroit into Windsor, Ontario, which is right over the border, to purchase the drugs they need to save their lives at a greatly reduced cost."

As Natalie Shure wrote at The American Prospect last month, insulin's wholesale price has tripled in the U.S. over the past decade, severely burdening the millions of Americans who rely on the drug to survive. ...
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