Info Buying insulin from Canada

Discussion in 'Lantus / Basaglar (glargine) and Levemir (detemir)' started by Chris & China (GA), Sep 20, 2018.

  1. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    For those of you using Lantus, Levemir or Basaglar, it's much cheaper to buy it from Canada at Marks Marine Pharmacy. This is a real pharmacy, not one of those "website pharmacies" and they have a pharmacist on duty to help you with questions.

    You'll pay about 1/3 to 1/2 as much as you pay here in the US!!

    Marks is fantastic and has been used by hundreds of other sugarcat moms and dads from all over the country. Insulin is shipped with a medical grade icepack as well as enclosed in a special envelope designed to control temperature. During warmer months, they may also suggest buying a small cooler too.

    Current prices are: (as of 6/20)

    Shipping is $25 (up to $500 worth)

    Lantus cartridges (box of 5) $159.99
    Lantus Solostar pen (box of 5) $164.99
    Lantus vial $110.99
    Individual pens $49.99 (plus expedited shipping $19.95)

    Levemir Flextouch (box of 5) $169.99

    Basaglar Kwikpen
    (box of 5 pens) $139.99
    Basaglar cartridges (box of 5) $139.99

    Tell them Chris sent you...LOL

    They've added a video explaining their shipping here www.canshipinsulin.com

    During the winter they will want to know what kind of temperatures you're expecting in your area before they ship so there's no chance of your insulin freezing in transit, so if you can, plan ahead and order when it's not going to be any problem!!

    In the summer, it's best to try to order when your temps are forecast to be under 80 for the upcoming week. For an extra charge, you can also add a cooler to help keep things cool. They include a temperature gauge so you can see if your insulin has gotten too hot too.

    Here's a video explaining how they ship to keep temperature sensitive medications as safe as possible.


    Previous thread on Buying Insulin from Canada
     
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  2. Mary Ann & Baby

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    Yes! I just received my first order for Lantus vials from them yesterday! The first bottle I purchased here in the US at Walgreens was $270ish! THRILLED, and they are SO NICE! Really, very personable folks out there. Love it. Recommend them!

    (@Chris & China, I will say that it was hot here and my temperature strip came back with two of the windows in the pink..."moderate"...I am assuming that is okay!)
     
  3. Bronx's dad (GA)

    Bronx's dad (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I time it and get 15 pens in the spring and fall to prevent the extreme temps (they will allow 3 boxes of 5 and keep shipping at $25). Ain't cheap juicing an acro kitty!
     
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  4. LizzieInTexas

    LizzieInTexas Well-Known Member

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    I do similar to Paul.i get either a vile or a box of pens spring & fall. I am using the vile I got last fall currently. The vile I got in the spring is my reserve.i will start it shotly and order on for reserve through the winter.
     
  5. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    should be fine.....the first time I ordered it was late June so my shipment went out with 2 postal holidays (Canada Day and 4th of July) included so it took longer to get to me.....it was still fine and it was 90+ degrees every day
     
  6. Jill & Alex (GA)

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  7. Kelly and Buddy

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    Getting ready to place my first order but am waiting on my vet to approve and submit prescription. She wanted to make sure it wasn't a pharmacy getting insulin from China. I assured her that MANY FD beans order from them but she still had reservations. Hopefully she will see the light and fax the prescription soon.
     
  8. Chris & China (GA)

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    Encourage her to call if she has any questions.....The pharmacy manager's name is Jordan and he'll be happy to answer any questions she may have.

    They get their Lantus from a Canadian manufacturer
     
  9. Wendy Harlow

    Wendy Harlow New Member

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    Thank you so much for this information. I've been really stressing about affording Jack's insulin once this pen runs out.
     
  10. Jill & Alex (GA)

    Jill & Alex (GA) Senior Member Moderator

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    Don't forget about Basaglar!
    Basaglar is what they call a biosimilar of Lantus:

    "A biosimilar is a biologic medical product that is almost an identical copy of an original product, with the same active substance, that is manufactured by a different company."

    Basaglar and Lantus are both insulin glargine and Basaglar is less expensive than Lantus. :)
     
  11. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Lots of us have been there!! It's so crazy how much it is here in the states.

    Marks is really wonderful and they are saving a lot of kitties lives by making the insulin affordable!
     
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  12. Kelly and Buddy

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    She gave me the green light to buy from Canada and was super impressed with their affordable prices!
     
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  13. Tracey&Jones (GA)

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  14. KarrieK

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    How long does that many pens last you?
     
  15. KarrieK

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    This is interesting, thank you all. How do the "pens" work?
     
  16. Chris & China (GA)

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    A box of 5 pens is 1500 units....that's enough to last most cats at least a year (and many cats up to 2 years!)

    We don't use the pens as they are supposed to be used in humans. Humans use special needles that attach to the pen. We use regular insulin syringes and just pull the insulin out of the pen (like they are "mini-vials"). Each pen only holds 300 units so you can usually use every drop.

    You just pull the cap of the pen off and there's a rubber stopper just like on a vial. You insert the insulin syringe and pull the insulin you need out.

    syringe in pen pic.jpg syringe in pen close up.jpg
     
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  17. KarrieK

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    Thanks so much Chris, that really helps! I ordered the Lantus pens today and am now anxiously waiting. My boys numbers have been so high and we are very concerned about what's going on inside of him.
     
  18. Chris & China (GA)

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    Happy to help!! Marks is great and they really know the meaning of customer service too!
     
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  19. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

    Aleluia Grugru & Minnie Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    I just discovered this and it’s amazing!!! I’m going to order this week. I’ve been using the Lantus pen. Is there a reason anyone knows of to use the vial instead or should I stick to the pens?

    Thanks!!
     
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  20. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Unless your cat's on a very high dose, it's better to buy the pens. Most cats won't be able to use all 1000 units in a vial before it loses efficacy and you end up throwing a lot of it away.

    Also, the pens are better because IF you drop one, it's a lot less likely to break! (and you would have spares in the fridge if it did happen)

    We all agree....Marks is amazing! They've saved a lot of kitty lives by making it more affordable to treat!!
     
  21. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

    Aleluia Grugru & Minnie Well-Known Member

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    Makes sense. Even the 5 pens may be more than I can use in 6 months. Thanks again!!
     
  22. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    That's one of the other great things about the pens....until you actually "open" them by pulling the first dose out, each pen will be good until the expiration date on the box....which is usually at least 2 years.

    Since each pen only holds 300 units, most of us can use pretty much every drop in each pen.
     
  23. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

    Aleluia Grugru & Minnie Well-Known Member

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    Wow I did not know that!!! Awesome and ty :)
     
  24. Chris S

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    Wow-I found marks before finding you all here. Thank you!

    We currently have a prescription for lantus vials. What would I be asking for my vet to write if we are looking to order pens instead? Is the solopen sold as box of 5 or individually per the initial post-is that how I am reading this? (for lantus specifically).

    And how many units are in a vial? (we have TWO diabetic kitties so trying to maximize our insulin before it expires/stops being functional and also not be wasteful) thank you!
     
  25. Diane Tyler's Mom

    Diane Tyler's Mom Well-Known Member

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    Lantus Solostar PEN CAN (temp. gauge. ice pack, express-air mail) Brand 100iu/ml one pen 1 pen(1x3ml) $49.99 USD
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    [​IMG] Lantus Solostar PENS 5x3ml CAN (temp. gauge. ice pack, express-air mail) Brand 100U/ml 1 box (5 pens) $164.99 USD
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    [​IMG] Lantus VIALS Insulin 10ml CAN VIALS (temp. gauge. ice pack, express-air mail) Brand 100U/ml 1 vial $110.99 USD

    You would ask your vet to write a script for the solo star pens
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  26. Diane Tyler's Mom

    Diane Tyler's Mom Well-Known Member

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    Chris & China explained it very well above about using the pens instead of the vials, because of how long they will last and the other 4 pens out of the box of five are good until the expiration date as long as you don't use them until needed
     
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  27. Chris S

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    Thank you! I literally called them today to switch to the pens. Glad we are only in our first vial and made the switch for our next order.
     
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  28. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    All you have to do is call Marks and tell them you want pens instead of vials. They don't need a new script.

    That's another nice thing about them....once they have a script you don't have to get a new one every year like you do in the US
     
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  29. Diane Tyler's Mom

    Diane Tyler's Mom Well-Known Member

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    That's great
     
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  30. PerfumedCatMom

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    Thought I would let everyone here know that I bought a 100 unit vial of Lantus at my local CVS pharmacy the first week of September when my Ruby was diagnosed. They applied a manufacturer's coupon that brought the price to USD$99. Apparently if I buy another vial before the end of the year they can still apply the same coupon. This is an enormous savings from their retail price which is $315.

    EDIT: Here is a link to a savings card for buying Lantus without insurance:
    https://www.lantus.com/sign-up/activate-savings-card
     
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    Reason for edit: Added link to savings card
  31. Julie & Charlie

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    I have paid $35 per Lantus pen for each of the 2 pens I've purchased since August from Rite Aid. I don't know if this is just a regional price.

    Now I know to store the pens in the refrigerator so they last well beyond the 28 days specified on the prescription information.
     
  32. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

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    My pens lasted to the last drop, months.
     
  33. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

    Aleluia Grugru & Minnie Well-Known Member

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    My issue with the vial is that if I drop it and it breaks, as yes I have done with a pen, I’d be out a lot more money and Lantus @Julie & Charlie thanks for the Ride Aid tip! I’ll check it out that’s where I used to get my Lantus from before I learned about Marks :bighug:
     
  34. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

    Aleluia Grugru & Minnie Well-Known Member

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    I just called my Ride Aid and it’s regular price at $105 per pen. Do you know what coupon you or they used? She said they’d honor it if I have it. Thanks!!
     
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  35. PerfumedCatMom

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    You can try the link I posted above.
     
  36. Julie & Charlie

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    I called the pharmacy tonight and the technician I talked to was not very helpful other than confirming that was a discounted rate. I'll try again tomorrow to see if I can talk to someone else who might be able to provide helpful information.
     
  37. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

    Aleluia Grugru & Minnie Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! I appreciate it!!
     
  38. Scdal

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    I get the same discount at the local CVS here in the Dallas TX area. I don't even need a coupon. They just apply the manufacturers discount. It brings it down from $300 to $99. All you have to do is ask.
     
  39. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

    Aleluia Grugru & Minnie Well-Known Member

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    So I called my CVS and asked and they said any coupons need to be applied with commercial insurance which wouldn’t work even with my insurance because it’s for my cat and not for me. You guys are lucky because CVS is basically looking the other way to be able to apply this manufacturer coupon to cats. Oh well, it’s back to Mark’s for me which ends up pretty much being the same price!

    Even the coupon from @PerfumedCatMom ’s link won’t go through at my CVS :(
     
  40. PerfumedCatMom

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    But CVS is where I filled my prescription! Sorry it didn't work out for you. :(
     
  41. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

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    That’s what I mean I think it depends on the CVs and their willingness to do it for ya. No worries! :bighug:
     

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