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:
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 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Full disclosure: I have dealt with Marks’ Marine Pharmacy in the past as a customer, to get medicine shipped to far-away destinations in the South Pacific where I was sailing (not for insulin).
Shipping is not included, will be $15 to $20 on average
1 vial = 3.33 pens, while 2 vials = 6.66 pens. I thought that it would be cheaper to buy vials. But there is not a strong incentive to buy vials in the general case vs refills, and, in some cases, pens are cheaper than the vials when looking at the $/ml.
Novolog is called Novorapid in Canada
Novolog pens vs cartridges (refills): please be aware the plastic Novolog pens only go in whole unit increments, while the Novolog Echo pen has 1/2 unit capability.
Canadian Insulin Connection: http://canadainsulinconnection.com/
Discount Rx Mart: http://www.discountrxmart.com/
Canadian Insulin: https://www.canadianinsulin.com/
Marks’ Marine Pharmacy: https://rxcanada4less.com/
This is not an endorsement, or a suggestion you should buy anything from any of them
[EDIT] Now includes Humalog prices