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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

Oct 17, 2017 Michelle Miller We must look at ways to lower the costs of insulin. Please take a good look at this crisis. Thanks
Oct 17, 2017 Lisa Milner I have even hocked my wedding ring in order to get the Insulin needed to keep my daughter alive! My husband passed away from Cancer, and my ring was the last thing w monetary value I owned. One of the MANY costs of trying to care for a child with Type 1
Oct 17, 2017 Virginia Witt
Oct 16, 2017 Kathy Epps
Oct 16, 2017 Amy Vincent
Oct 16, 2017 Emma Buchanan The copay for insulin alone has caused my husband and i to choose between paying bills and his buying insulin. Which he desperately needs. Generic insulin must become an option.
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 stephanie howard
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) Lower insulin prices
Oct 16, 2017 Anastasia Luettecke
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please expedite the approval of generic insulin. Thank you.
Oct 16, 2017 Chris Carter
Oct 16, 2017 Murv Sellars
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 Pamela OConnor
Oct 16, 2017 Johnathan Minton The cost has only increased 5000% in my lifetime. And I have healthcare! I'd say make it free for everybody.
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 Mary Lacombe This is a shame to have to do with necessary things to afford insulin.
Oct 16, 2017 Babs Pippin Pure greed on the part of pharmaceutical companies. We need a generic version.
Oct 16, 2017 deborah mapp It more money in the drug. I start walking stop my insulin feeling better
Oct 16, 2017 peter yager some people may even die because they can't aford the insulin
Oct 16, 2017 Sandra Hughes The costs stated in this article are way too low. One month, this year, without insurance, my insulin was 80$. For ONE month. That's criminal.
Oct 16, 2017 Bruce Boreson
Oct 16, 2017 Carma Bays
Oct 16, 2017 Ann Garrett Since 1988, when my 7 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 the prices have escalated almost exponentially. The air we breath, the water we use are comparable to availability of insulin for diabetics as a basic need for viability.
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am on two types of insulin and often cannot afford them. Diabetics also have to consider the cost of testing supplies and needles, not just the insulin.
Oct 16, 2017 richard smith help
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) People have to have this drug to survive but are unable to afford it. The cost continue to rise. Its been around for so long the cost should be going down not up.
Oct 16, 2017 Stephanie White
Oct 16, 2017 Penny Royer-Pitcock Please approve a generic version of insulin. It hs been around way too long to not have a generic version. People have to have this drug to survive and money can not afford it because of the high price. They have to ration the amount they use.
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Bruce Johnson
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Darrell Kastin
Oct 14, 2017 Jessica Goodroad
Oct 14, 2017 Robin Earl Please authorize the patents for generic insulin. My life and health would greatly improve if I coukd afford it.
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I hit the Medicare donut on May 1st. My monthly insulin cost was 980.00 per month. I have been forced to beg Drs for samples, I have no way to purchase these on my own.
Oct 14, 2017 Carol Potter
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) The insulin should have been generic years ago just another way for CEOs to make more money
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2017 Deborah Ryzner
Oct 9, 2017 J Barney
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

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