By Jeff Spross
Lija Greenseid, “a rule-abiding Minnesota mom,” as the Washington Post described her, is not the sort of person you’d expect to jump the border to buy drugs. But her daughter has Type 1 diabetes, and the cost of the insulin she needs has skyrocketed, roughly doubling in price just between 2012 and 2016, from $2,964 to $5,705. So Greenseid’s organized a “caravan” of people to regularly drive into Canada — despite the possible illegality of the move — where they can buy the insulin they all need for a small fraction of the U.S. price.
How on earth did insulin become so expensive that Americans are forced to effectively do cross-border drug runs?