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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

Jul 19, 2018 Jeff Bradshaw
Jul 19, 2018 Mary Frye Please push for the generic brand asap
Jul 10, 2018 Marta Almeyda Ibáñez
Jun 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Gloria Wilner
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Copays of over $400 with traditional insurance.... Guess I'll not be getting insulin. I have rent and a family to care for.
Jun 14, 2018 Deborah Males 35 years and continues to get more expensive. People should not have to choose between insulin and food or rent
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Tricia Ellinger Please pass a generic insulin the cost is killing me
Jun 14, 2018 Sandy Zummo I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for 39 years and have watched the price of this life sustaining drug increase year after year. Although I have insurance, my out of pocket cost is still high. Please make a less expensive option available ASAP.
Jun 8, 2018 Mary Ann Dunn-Ward
Jun 8, 2018 Dan Guajardo
Jun 7, 2018 Kate Luithle
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Steve Foster I hit the donut hole in june then my insulin cost me 600.00 for a 3 month supply.Please help us!I'm 69 years old
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed) All my blood work is very good but I'm still diabetic as it runs on both sides of my family. I'm still working at 70 yrs old and liking it but the cost of medication is horrible, especially regarding insulin. Please get behind this for us seniors.
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please move this along. Our lives depend on it. Please have a heart. LET US LIVE.
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please get this horrible situation fixed ASAP, this is embarrassing!
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 6, 2018 Denise Mathis Even with insurance my insulin costs me $$$ per month. I am on fixed income, retired, on Medicare and my pharmacy D plan still doesn't cover much of the costs of this drug....please... we need a tier 1 insulin!
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 31, 2018 Marga Gili
May 30, 2018 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
May 30, 2018 Roxana Moya
May 30, 2018 Kay Fisher
May 30, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2018 Monica Rivara
May 30, 2018 Albeniz Pérez
May 30, 2018 Шана Шарпей
May 30, 2018 Sanand Dilip
May 30, 2018 Liliana fiorini
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 14, 2018 Johnny Miller
May 14, 2018 Beverly Tucker It is outragious the cost of controlling my diabetes. I have been insulin dependent for 48 years and the price has gone up and up and no break for any of us. Please help us control the cost of keeping ourselves healthy.
May 14, 2018 Holly Mishke
May 13, 2018 James Kelley I use to have great insurance and the price was great and then I became disabled and had to go to Medicare insurance and now I’m paying almost $400 a month and I am already on a strict budget. I desperately need help on lowering the cost to live
May 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2018 Jessica Barnett I should not have to pay around $3600 every three months for insulin if I didn't have health insurance.
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
May 2, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 2, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 29, 2018 Barb Quinn
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Pat Wilkens The GREED is killing people.
Apr 9, 2018 freda signorile

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