Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 25,000 Progress: 14,838
Sponsored by: The Diabetes Site

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.

Sign Here

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

Dec 4, 2017 Eric Murray Please get this through faster I need a lower cost insulin. I'm young and have a family and want to be there for my family. Please!!!
Dec 4, 2017 Chad Ennis
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2017 Lori Scott
Dec 3, 2017 Gina Downey
Dec 3, 2017 Daisy Carroll My husband could benefit...his meds are really high and he cant work right now. Please help these people who need this.
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Dec 3, 2017 Tracy Toavs This is desperately needed by so many! And it’s life saving, why are we having to fight so hard for something that should be a given?!?!?!
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Dec 2, 2017 Cheryl Harper My Mother cannot afford her insulin in Medicare. She skips a lot of doses. Her health is deteriorating because of her diabetes not being under control. Generic insulin could save her life!
Nov 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Clarence Dishaw
Nov 14, 2017 William Lambert
Nov 14, 2017 Deborah Goodwine
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) It shouldn't only be the rich who can afford necessary meds to maintain a manageable standard of living.
Nov 14, 2017 Michele Lejeune
Nov 14, 2017 Lucinda Martin My husband needs this.
Nov 14, 2017 Sara Smith I had that same question, nice to know the answer, now let's fix it!
Nov 14, 2017 Lora Zeis
Nov 14, 2017 Lucie Refsland
Nov 14, 2017 Natalie B Dishaw
Nov 14, 2017 Karen and Will Lozow Cleary
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Janet Sherritt
Nov 14, 2017 Kristy Harms Reducing the cost of insulin for people who rely on this injectable to control their diabetes is important. The cost of insulin is prohibitive. I urge you to give top priority to this process for this life-saving treatment and expedite the process.
Nov 14, 2017 Linnea Mesaric-Davis
Nov 14, 2017 Ronald Wyant
Nov 14, 2017 Kathy Petersen
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) Approval of generic insulin needs to be expedited! It's life and death for some, it's shameful this hasn't happened yet!
Nov 13, 2017 Gwen Piekarz
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am on a fixed income and take care of my elderly mother. We are both diabetic and find it extremely hard to pay for insulin. Please give top priority to generic insulin.
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 11, 2017 Heather Cole
Nov 11, 2017 Roger Crase
Nov 9, 2017 Kathleen Still Please help reduce the cost of my insulin. I am on a fixed income.
Nov 8, 2017 Annicka Chetty
Nov 7, 2017 Robyn Padgett
Nov 6, 2017 Jean Frederick
Nov 5, 2017 Claudette Spillyards I too am in the medigap donut hole. One month supply cost me $562. I can't really afford this.
Oct 30, 2017 bobbette bross
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2017 Tom C Generic insulin must become an option.
Oct 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2017 Jacqui Pilmer
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

back to top

Wish List Bargains
Sisters Are Like Stars Grande Mug
Share this page and help fund research: