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Diabetes is not a new disease, nor is insulin a new way of treating diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, the first time insulin was used on human beings to treat diabetes can be traced back over 90 years ago, to the early 1920s.

Between then and now, a lot has happened for insulin. The 1930s and the 1940s saw insulin become longer acting. In the 1970s, human insulin became available to treat diabetes, rather than the animal insulin. Synthetic insulin took the stage in the 2000s, making both short-acting and long-acting synthetics available.

But if insulin has been around to treat diabetes for so long, why does it cost now more than it ever has before?

According to a 2015 article on Consumer Affairs article, insulin costs diabetics anywhere from $120 to $400 per month. That's $1,400 to $4,800 per year on a medicine that is over 90 years old. Doesn't seem right, does it?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have concluded that the reason the cost of insulin remains high is because when advancements were made with insulin, the pharmaceutical patents were effectively renewed. While under patent, a generic version of the drug cannot be produced.

But the patents on the first synthetic insulin expired in 2014. A generic form of insulin can be manufactured and offered to the public at a lower cost than the brand-name insulin that has for years served as the only option. Why hasn't it happened yet, then? What stands in the way?

Answer: the approval process of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It's lengthy. But we shouldn't sit back and accept the wait. We should tell Acting Commissioner of the FDA Stephen Ostroff that the approval process of generic insulin needs to be expedited. Our health and our bank accounts depend on it.

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Dear Dr. Stephen Ostroff,

According to the CDC's 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2.9 million American adults strictly used insulin to treat diabetes between 2010 and 2012. An additional 3.1 million adults used a combination of insulin and oral medication.

The number of diabetes diagnoses has not decreased. More and more people discover that they have diabetes every day; more and more people discover that they need insulin every day. Six million adults may not be such an accurate number anymore, the real number may be higher. Yet the price of insulin remains high, costing anywhere from $120 per month to $400 per month.

We understand that manufacturing a generic form of insulin has been stymied due to the preceding pharmaceutical patents. But we also understand that, according to research done at Johns Hopkins University, the patents on the first synthetic insulin expired in 2014. This means that for the first time, an equally effective but less expensive generic form of insulin could be made available to the public.

Knowing the FDA's approval process to understandably be tedious, what we'd like to ask from you is this: give top priority to generic insulin. With generic insulin, there is a chance to significantly better lives in the diabetes community. No matter what way we shake it, money does matter, especially when it comes to something our bodies need in order to survive.

We're ready for a change, and we hope you are too.


Petition Signatures

Jan 13, 2018 Joyce Ryl
Jan 12, 2018 Kristopher Ilenda
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 Tricia Tabor
Jan 11, 2018 Jolanta Staniszewska
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2018 Patti Thomas I have been a type one diabetic for 57 years, what is going on with the prices of insulin, HOW OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 5, 2018 Joyce Davis
Jan 5, 2018 Mark Lungo
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2018 Vernon D. Graham Sr.
Jan 5, 2018 Sherry Quinn
Jan 5, 2018 Daniel Adams
Jan 5, 2018 Pattie Treece
Jan 5, 2018 Maria Harwood
Jan 5, 2018 Diane Peak
Jan 5, 2018 Janet White Everyone should be able to afford insulin !
Jan 5, 2018 Diane Hall One again Big Pharma sticks it to the people who need it. Time to change how they rule the country and medicine.
Jan 5, 2018 Cheryl Ramey My daughter's husband won't help her with the cost of her insulin and she can barely afford it.
Jan 5, 2018 chuck conn have to chose between a good meal or my wifes insulin each month we get in the donut hole every april and need relief
Jan 5, 2018 T.J. Pitts
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2018 Susan Jenkins
Jan 5, 2018 Wendi Frishman
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed) This why people are going to the hospital because they can't afford to pay for the insulin. It would be better to lower this med than to pay more for the hospital services.
Jan 5, 2018 June Bindrim-Bennett It's not just people taking insulin, our pets need it too and there is barely any break in the cost. Pets on insulin that I knew of weren't on a cheap insulin, they were all on Humulin N
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed) it is ridiculous how much medicine costs to help people stay alive--stop the madness--be part of cure-
Jan 5, 2018 Suzanne McInish Since my daughter is now aged out of my insurance & on MediCal, she often cannot afford her insulin. Walmart wanted almost $1,500 for ONE RX! How can someone on MediCal afford over $1000 for ONE RX?? She can't so she goes w/out. Something needs to change!
Jan 5, 2018 Paula Lewis
Jan 5, 2018 Skipper Fuller
Jan 5, 2018 Robin Bressler
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2018 Marsha drennen I think it's horrible that we have to spend so much money on medicine that saves are life. Insulin has been around a long time and was cheaper years ago. Do something NOW!!!
Jan 5, 2018 Victoria Wirth No reason for the ridiculous cost of drugs, particularly after development costs have been recovered. Because we don't physically see the death of someone,who can't afford their medicine, because of our greed doesn't make us less culpable.
Jan 5, 2018 Susan Pittman
Jan 5, 2018 Patricia Nye Price gouging is illegal! Bring criminal charges against the pharmaceutical CEO’s!
Jan 5, 2018 Bonnie Gallik
Jan 5, 2018 R Elaine Evans
Jan 5, 2018 Connie Smither
Jan 5, 2018 Beverly Brzycki
Jan 5, 2018 Rosie Bermudez LIVES matter...even poor people matter. Diabetics should not have to go broke over life sustaining medication they cant afford.
Jan 5, 2018 Francine Traniello
Jan 5, 2018 Amy A. Injectable insulin has been around for decades. There is no reason people can't save money by buying it as a generic except for money/profits. Time to do the right thing for people whose lives are at stake.
Jan 5, 2018 Pat Oaks Please reduce the cost of insulin
Jan 5, 2018 Julia Mensing
Jan 5, 2018 marianne cresci
Jan 5, 2018 Amy Akers
Jan 5, 2018 Alese Clark
Jan 5, 2018 Micheline Saluga

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