US Food and Drug Administration: Sponsor a Patient Meeting on Diabetes
  • Petitioned Kathleen Sebelius

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Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Kathleen Sebelius
Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Margaret Hamburg
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate

US Food and Drug Administration: Sponsor a Patient Meeting on Diabetes

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The Food and Drug Administration has begun to hold a series of patient meetings to gain a better understanding of specific diseases. Over the next five years, the agency plans to conduct at least 20 such meetings on conditions ranging from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Narcolepsy to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

But not diabetes.

That is unacceptable.

Four “slots” remain open (view the current list), and we want the FDA to add diabetes to its meeting docket for 2013.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million Americans have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and an additional 79 million have prediabetes. Those numbers are also increasing each year – the CDC estimates that if current trends continue, one in three US adults will have diabetes by 2050.

No one disputes that diabetes is one of America’s – and the world’s – most serious health epidemics. In 2012, more than one in five total US healthcare dollars was spent on care for people with diabetes. The estimated costs of diagnosed diabetes totaled $245 billion, and everyone is paying for this epidemic. Despite growing needs, research dollars have also leveled off.

New therapies need to be investigated, tested, and brought to market, and as part of that process, the FDA must understand the daily challenges that patients face.

We need to tell our story to the FDA: about the need for accurate strips, more physiologic insulin, a broader range of drugs, and the Artificial Pancreas.

Our voices need to be heard.

Please sign this petition to urge the FDA to sponsor a patient meeting focused on diabetes – and the sooner, the better.

Thank you very much.

Recent signatures


    1. An opportunity to talk to the FDA about unmet needs in diabetes - this November 3!

      Thank you to all of our supporters - because of your input, the FDA has agreed to host a dialogue with people with diabetes. On November 3, we will have an unprecedented discussion between the diabetes community and the FDA's senior agency leadership (both drugs and devices). The event will be live webcasted from 1 - 4 pm (please register at, and will include a panel of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as representatives from ADA, JDRF, and diaTribe.

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    2. Reached 7,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kate Lee DUNWOODY, GA
      • 10 months ago

      As a diabetic, we need to do more for prevention as well as increase education of newly diagnosed. The better a person is able to control their diabetes, the lower the overall costs. And we definitely need to get metformin the hands of pre-diabetics as an "on label" use of the drug.

      • 10 months ago

      The believe that everybody in the world should be able to access the same facilities in the health system.

    • Liz Melton STANFORD, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Helping manage this disease is necessary for the health of both current patients and our nation as a whole.

      • 10 months ago

      I'm a Type 2 diabetic with other related health issues who would like to see more advancement towards finding a cure for this disease.

      • 11 months ago

      I am a diabetic


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