Hi - so I’m following up on my thread from before that morphed from - “hey let’s talk about Humulin/Novolin 70/30” to the general unaffordability of being able to buy what you need here in the U.S. and other options.
In preface I just got another 3-6 months’ worth of my usual insulin Humulin 70/30 pens through prescription coverage. Also, I am currently finishing up a Novolog pen that I use as correcting shots (1-3 units total/day). In talking to a few wonderful folks on here (Israel) it came to my attention that I could buy what I needed OTC without a prescription much more affordably not that far away. I live in Corpus Christi, TX - about 2.5 hours away - from Matamoros, Mexico - across the river from Brownsville. I have a coworker here in CC who is originally from Brownsville and has a dual citizenship and family that lives on both sides of the border so she knows the area well. My husband and I met her this morning in Brownsville, she drove us across the border, we stopped at 2 pharmacies - the 2nd of which had Novorapid (same as Novolog) - 4 pens and at ~$15/pen USD. Exactly what I needed and was looking for (was okay with any rapid-acting insulin in a pen actually) and almost a years’ worth of correcting insulin for me. It was prescription and hassle-free by a wonderful kind professional pharmacist and 2 blocks from the US border and the only minor issue I ran into was the fact my credit card(s) didn’t work and that is because I didn’t call ahead to them to say I was going international. No biggie and will remember that next time.
Huge relief and 1 more piece to the puzzle of getting what I need to be and stay as healthy as I can! Thanks to all here for the wonderful information so I could scout out and have the determination and support to give this a shot.
P.S. Apologies for the rambling message - I’m celebrating with a Beam and Diet for a great day here in sunny south TX!