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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

Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Get the darn approval already. I don't know son do you want to go to college or I don't know live.
Sep 18, 2017 Shannon Wright This is price gouging at its finest. It is criminal insulin is a life saving drug people can't just do without it and can not be substituted. Why is this not a priority?
Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 Elana Pietrowski
Sep 17, 2017 Pamela Trowbridge Have a son with no insurance
Sep 17, 2017 CAROL KNAUFF It is time that the FDA recognize what high priced pharmaceuticals are doing- Insulin should not cost me more than my electric bill! Please for the sake of patients everywhere, stop the insanity.
Sep 11, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 7, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 4, 2017 Michelle Caforio
Sep 3, 2017 Susan Eyermann
Aug 29, 2017 Thomas Gurzi I need more affordable insulin!
Aug 29, 2017 Natashia Deckert
Aug 28, 2017 Sharon Waterstradt My last order for 9 vials was $1,000 W/INS.
Aug 21, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 19, 2017 Helen Anderson
Aug 19, 2017 Laraine Lebron
Aug 19, 2017 Anne Moeller
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 MaryLynn Michaelis
Aug 18, 2017 Connie Dunn
Aug 16, 2017 Mollie Schierman
Aug 16, 2017 Trish Kendall Just diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism. I bet we could make insulin at home.
Aug 16, 2017 Fran Fulwiler
Aug 15, 2017 David Councilman
Aug 15, 2017 Victoria Peyser
Aug 15, 2017 Peggy Binnion
Aug 15, 2017 Danuta Watola
Aug 15, 2017 Rhonda Carr
Aug 14, 2017 Paige Garberding Put insulin dependent diabetics FIRST in this issue.
Aug 14, 2017 Leslie Venezio Please make this valuable insulin less costly.
Aug 14, 2017 David Mowry
Aug 14, 2017 Sheila Desmond
Aug 14, 2017 Rebecca Keaton Insulin should be cheap! There are too many terrible consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. Cheaper insulin is critical for those who have trouble paying for it!
Aug 14, 2017 Linda Jones
Aug 14, 2017 Judith Embry
Aug 14, 2017 Paul R. Williams
Aug 14, 2017 Carolyn Alvis
Aug 14, 2017 Julian Beckett
Aug 14, 2017 Judy Clark
Aug 14, 2017 James Sigler
Aug 14, 2017 Eva Luursema
Aug 14, 2017 Mike Mountjoy
Aug 14, 2017 Debi Hertel
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Whitsell
Aug 14, 2017 Sherryl Evans
Aug 14, 2017 Natalie Howard
Aug 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am on Ely Lily Humalog 25 mix insulin qwikpens. In June, 2017 it cost me $35, July it cost me $73 and I asked when I was at my pharmacy about August and was told that it would cost me $283 for the exact prescription. HELP!!! no help is there for me.
Aug 14, 2017 Karen Bray
Aug 14, 2017 Ron Morrill Should be as cheap as possible!!
Aug 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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