July 18, 2019
On Sunday, July 28, 2019, United States Senator (Vermont) and Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders will join an organised caravan to Canada to purchase affordable insulin along with people living with type 1 diabetes in need. The cost of insulin in the US is 10-12 times more than insulin in Canada. Currently 1 in 4 Americans with diabetes ration their insulin leading to complications, even death.
Along with 19 US Presidential candidates, Senator Sanders will take the stage for the Democratic Presidential Debate in Detroit, Michigan (US) over two nights, July 30-31. Before he participates in the debate, Sanders will travel in a bus destined for an undisclosed pharmacy in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The goal? To accompany fifteen people with type 1 diabetes in their pursuit of the lifesaving drug insulin, at an affordable cost.
“We can’t wait for drug companies to lower prices,” Senator Sanders tweeted earlier this month. “Americans need relief now!”
Sanders has long targeted pharmaceuticals for high prescription drug costs. In 1999, he made a similar trip to Canada on behalf of women struggling with the high costs of drugs to combat breast cancer. Currently Sanders has called on his Democratic rivals to reject campaign donations from the insurance and pharmaceutical drug industries.