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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 29, 2017 Pam Allen This should have already been done. Insulin cost are too expensive. And it's not a choice, it's life or death. Insulin should NOT be out of reach for the people who need it.
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) We need less expensive insulin!
May 19, 2017 John Helm This should have already been done!
May 19, 2017 Josephine Miller we need lower cost insulin please release the patents so maybe we won't have to chose between eating or lowing our blood sugar
May 16, 2017 Ron & Maria De Stefano
May 16, 2017 Alan Coley
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Lynne Pendergast
May 15, 2017 Dot Swiegers
May 15, 2017 Sharon Downs This is life or death for these people. Drug prices must come down and a Generic Insulin is the answer. Don't delay it any longer
May 15, 2017 rhonda lawford
May 15, 2017 sara Elkins
May 15, 2017 Nancy Orhun
May 15, 2017 Susan Whitsell
May 15, 2017 Season Bittner It is extremely hard because I lost my job suddenly and could not afford insulin anymore. If you do not have insurance or something unexpected happens this is outrageous..
May 15, 2017 JOHN PASQUA
May 15, 2017 Bridget G Rinaldi
May 15, 2017 Colleen Kelly
May 15, 2017 Patty McManus
May 15, 2017 Sandra Blackburn
May 15, 2017 Susan Gregoric
May 15, 2017 Donna Leive the ridiculous cost generic insulin is a hardship for my daughter who is 45 now and on it since she was 12...this is an outrage
May 15, 2017 Susan Pizza I have had to go months at a time without my insulin because I could not access it because of costs. This is unconscionable.
May 15, 2017 Heather Southerland
May 15, 2017 MD Fein
May 15, 2017 Linda Tabb
May 15, 2017 Teresa Foster
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) Children and adults with Type 1 diabetes shouldn't have to pay a fortune to stay alive. Insulin prices need to be greatly decreased ASAP.
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Karen Dietz Sad that govt regs put some diabetic person's lives at risk. Shame!
May 15, 2017 Helga O'Brien
May 15, 2017 Joan Chovit
May 15, 2017 Beth O'Brien
May 15, 2017 Kim Anthony
May 15, 2017 Sandra Andler
May 15, 2017 Ertie Evangelista
May 15, 2017 Kelley Norek
May 15, 2017 VICTOR GLOCK
May 15, 2017 Kristin Cucolo
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Kay Beams The approval process of the FDA is lengthy. But we shouldn't sit back & accept the wait. I am telling Acting Commissioner of the FDA Stephen Ostroff that the approval process of generic insulin needs 2 be expedited. Our health & bank accounts depend on it
May 15, 2017 Mary Towers
May 15, 2017 Sandy Amador
May 15, 2017 Marga Childs
May 15, 2017 Annicka Chetty
May 15, 2017 Solveiga Licis Unger Insulin has been around for years -- why isn't there a generic form?
May 15, 2017 Rakie Bennett
May 15, 2017 John and Robbie Wertin
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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