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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

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
Apr 9, 2018 anthony signorile
Apr 9, 2018 Holly Thomas
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 2, 2018 Jennifer Duff Life-saving!! Need I say more?!!!
Apr 1, 2018 Heather Basola
Mar 11, 2018 Christy Roy
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2018 Tom Hawk They have a cure!! Let’s get this DONE!!!!!!
Mar 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2018 Austin Wyatt
Mar 4, 2018 Michelle Ryan
Mar 4, 2018 Michelle Jones
Mar 4, 2018 Cecily York
Mar 4, 2018 Mary Wyatt No drug that is intended to keep me alive should be so expensive. A generic version should be made available for those of us who struggle financially.
Mar 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 Claude Watson
Feb 23, 2018 Jodi Ford
Feb 15, 2018 Lisa Allred
Feb 15, 2018 Pamela Hermes
Feb 15, 2018 Laurie Aman
Feb 15, 2018 Linda Gilmore
Feb 15, 2018 Rosanne Cataldo
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2018 Cheri Dougherty
Feb 15, 2018 Sue Stewart
Feb 15, 2018 Tj Pitts
Feb 15, 2018 Jeanne Bergner I am a type 2 diabetic. I have recently had to switch from oral medications to insulin because Medicare will no longer pay for one of my oral medications. I have found that the insulin is more expensive than the oral medication. What's wrong with this?
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Don't make the elder choose between insulin and food.
Feb 15, 2018 Marilyn Perona
Feb 15, 2018 Eve Senkovich
Feb 15, 2018 Lynn Goldberg
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Lower insulin costs are important for everyone--especially those on a fixed income!
Feb 15, 2018 Ginger Gorum
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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