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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 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jul 22, 2017 Harley Edson we need to get this done
Jul 21, 2017 Jean Sisneros Please help!
Jul 20, 2017 David Gasior
Jul 20, 2017 Karen Rose
Jul 17, 2017 Gloria Clemares
Jul 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2017 Trevor Bartholomew
Jul 14, 2017 Jeffrey Wiles Make it happen SOON FDA!!!
Jul 14, 2017 LAVONNE WHITEAKER Being a type II diabetic I'm fortunate to not be insulin dependant - yet.
Jul 14, 2017 Karla Faulkner
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Ruth Dyke
Jul 14, 2017 Jason Wood
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Mary Foltz there is no excuse for price gouging at the expense of sick people, FDA needs to move this problem to the front burner
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have type 1 diabetes and don't know how I'm going to afford my insulin now that I am not working
Jul 14, 2017 Michael Seth
Jul 14, 2017 Susan Dill my husband has diabetes and we struggle to pay for all the meds he needs
Jul 14, 2017 Susan Fisher
Jul 14, 2017 Malinda Jones
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 PeggyLynn Caudle
Jul 14, 2017 Linda Bruce
Jul 14, 2017 Kim Dieter
Jul 14, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
Jul 14, 2017 Juergen Teuschl
Jul 14, 2017 Karen Maguire
Jul 14, 2017 Louise Friedenson
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Jan Cooper Prices need to come down!
Jul 14, 2017 Linda Wilson This affects pets as well as people. I have had people tell me they had to destroy a diabetic pet because Humulin is no longer produced and no low-cost option is available.
Jul 14, 2017 Maria Garcia Please lower the cost of insulin. With prices going higher and higher for food, gas, electric... we need all the help we can get. Thanks
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Bernadette van der Loo
Jul 14, 2017 Carrie Gates
Jul 14, 2017 Shannen Marshall
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) As we grow older and get on medicare we need generic insulin
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 T.J. Davis
Jul 14, 2017 Carol Johnson It's time!
Jul 14, 2017 Dora Shewmake
Jul 14, 2017 Julie Christy
Jul 14, 2017 Linda Wood
Jul 14, 2017 Ellen Segal
Jul 14, 2017 Cheryl Smith
Jul 14, 2017 Peggy Bragg Make this life saving drug less expensive.
Jul 14, 2017 Jacqueline Castellow These prices are insane!

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