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Thousands of US citizens travelling to Mexico to buy cheaper medicines

We are told that the US government is doing whatever it can for the welfare of the people. But not what the latest news would suggest. Now accordingly, more and more US citizens are moving across the border to buy cheaper medicines.

Yes, that is the case due to the rising prices of local drugs. It has become a matter of affordability. Only people with insurance and money are able to buy medicines. For other segments of the population, they have to seek other alternatives.

One alternative comes in the form of moving out of the porous US borders into neighbouring countries like Mexico.

“This is the only cost saving option I have.” One respondent says. “Mexico is just a 2-hour drive away from the central district of Los Angeles so it shouldn’t be a problem.”

While, US citizens can buy whatever medicines from neighbouring countries, there are some particular ones, most would aim for. The case holds true for patients diagnosed with diabetes.

This is a major cause of concern for two main reasons.

Firstly, diabetes as an illness has skyrocketed since the last decade. More and more people are now finding themselves inflicted. Subsequently, that requires the use of medications and insulin injection to lower blood sugar level.

The second problem arises from the first one. Albeit, the availability of insulin in the USA, the cost is substantially high. For a three-month course of insulin, the costs can go as high as $4,000. The same injections, however, can be bought from Mexico for $600. Which is essentially six times less the amount.

Expensive medicines?

The insulin injection for Type 1 diabetes is just one major reason for moving across borders. The same holds true for a variety of other medicines. Locals have complained the authorities about the surge in prices but no meaningful action has been taken so far.

Another case in point is of the drug, Humira, responsible for treating arthritis complications. On an estimate, buying Humira can cost the person about $4,500 a month. The same drug can be bought from Tijuana, Mexico for 60% less the price.

When people have options like that, there seems to be nothing holding them back. People living as far as in Utah will increasingly travel to California to board a ride to Mexico.

The problem of expensive medicines come at a time when the government recently faced the longest shutdown in history. The economy is in shambles and the majority of the people are living on their disposable savings.

What can be done about it?

The issue revolving around expensive medicines is a serious one that needs to be accounted for. It is obligatory for the US government to take the matter into its own hands and provide some sort of relief to the citizens.

The prices of medicines are allowed to rise without ever acknowledging the affordability aspect. The treatment procedure happens to be highly expensive that makes travelling across the border, the only alternative.

If prices are low, more people will have access to cheap medicines.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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