Petition to Pharmaceutical Companies
Lower Insulin Costs
I’ve questioned so many times “why me?” in regards to having Type 1 Diabetes. After losing health insurance recently and having to pay out of pocket, I get it. One goal of insulin costs $300. One bottle. $300. That’s insane!!!! A life sustaining medication should NOT be that costly. For anyone, anywhere. And that’s just the insulin. I’m going to start a petition to demand that pharmaceutical’s lower the cost. Then I’m going to meet with the JDRF people in hopes of going to Washington. My goal? Go to Washington, DC. Use my voice, share my story. Have changes made, for all Diabetics. For Diabetics, this is not a choice. We HAVE to have this to survive. Insulin is a life-sustaining medication. Insulin dependent Diabetics must take insulin to live. There is no choice in this. We have to maintain a constant amount of insulin in our bodies to live. Without insulin, Diabetics will die. There is no other option but to take insulin. I recently had to purchase a vial of insulin for $300. That will last me a week, maybe. There are no generics for any insulin. Pharmaceutical companies need to lower the price or release the patent to allow for generics. And that price is JUST for a vial of insulin. Then there are the supplies that are needed. No life-sustaining medication should be this costly. Ever. Our lives depend on this. We cannot live without it. Please, help me bring attention to this and make changes!
Petition to Aurelio Iragorri Valencia (Ministro de Agricultura), JUAN MANUEL SANTOS, Alejandro Gaviria Uribe, Mauricio Cárdenas, Mauricio Lizcano, Miguel Ángel Pinto Hernández
NO más obesidad y diabetes en Colombia por adicción a las gaseosas
Merly Esther Archibold es una sanandresana a la que le fue amputado su pie al padecer diabetes tipo 2. Esto le genera múltiples complicaciones a su salud, su vida y la de su familia. Su diabetes se desarrolló, según su historia médica, por su adicción a las bebidas azucaradas, la falta de agua potable y por el excesivo consumo de azúcar. Desgraciadamente en Colombia hay muchísimas personas con casos similares al de Merly Esther. (Mira aquí su historia) La evidencia científica demuestra las consecuencias negativas que tienen para la salud las bebidas azucaradas. A pesar de eso, en Colombia es insuficiente la información disponible para prevenir a los consumidores sobre el grave riesgo de contraer enfermedades como la diabetes, infarto, obesidad, colesterol, tensión alta, caries, enfermedades renales, ceguera, amputación, osteoporosis, gota y problemas reproductivos. ¿Cómo es posible que las bebidas azucaradas que tanto perjudican la salud, sean más baratas que los jugos naturales y el agua? Son tratadas como productos de la canasta básica familiar, su consumo no tiene ningún impuesto, como si se tratara de leche o huevos, pero este perjudicial producto no tiene ningún valor nutricional y provoca enfermedades. No podemos permitir que historias como la de Merly se repitan. Es momento de hacer algo por la salud de todos los colombianos, debemos batallar contra la obesidad y la diabetes. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) propone diferentes estrategias, la de mayor efectividad para desestimular el consumo de bebidas azucaradas es el impuesto a su consumo. ¡Debemos exigir que las bebidas azucarada en Colombia paguen impuestos al consumo! ¡Únete a este pedido! Firma y comparte esta petición, por tu salud, la de tu familia y la de toda Colombia!
Petition to United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Health and Human Services, President of the United States
Please sign!! All Insurance companies need to cover CGMS in full for children under 18
Diabetes is becoming one of the world's most serious illnesses. Here's a few facts about diabetes. As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). About 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed each year. Approximately 15 percent of Americans with type 1 diabetes are children. Diabetes kills 3.4 million people every year: WHO. Nearly 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The United Nations health agency estimates that 3.4 million people die of diabetes every year, and almost 80 percent of the deaths occur in developing countries. My Daughter Dakota was diagnosed type one in march of 2017. Shortly thereafter we brought her home from the hospital she had a blood sugar of 24. She could have died. Thank God we were on watch for this. Shortly after this instance we learned of the dexcom g5. It is a continuous glucose monitor that monitors sugars every 5 min. 24/7. No matter where she is at in the world we get her numbers sent to us and alarmed if she goes too high or too low. This device is not covered by our insurance at all and we have to pay completely out of pocket for it. If insurance would cover this and not cause such a big uproar there could be millions of lives saved each year. Children living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes need this device!!! They need to know what their sugars are doing and which direction their sugars are going in to live a more normal life!!! If Dakota didn't have this device I wouldn't be able to allow her to do things other kids do. It's very expensive but saves lives every day!! If this was covered completely and fully by all insurances a lot more families would have peace of mind and their diabetic children would have room to grow and be as much of a normal kid as they can be. Please sign our petition. Let's make this happen!!!! It's only takes a few minutes of your time!!!! Here's abother story from a type one mom living with the same daily struggles as we are. I'm sure there's plenty of families out there that can relate and share their stories as well. Let's get CGMS covered!!!! Please read this post. Please help me spread the word and share. This may not mean anything to you, but it means the world to my friends living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Please just read it! AND PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!! Braydon wears a continuous glucose monitor. Its a sensor I place in the back of his arm that monitors his glucose every 4 minutes and sends updates to my phone. It let's me know if he is dangerously high or low. We are so grateful to God that our insurance helps cover this for Braydon. Braydon is completely unaware of his high and low glucose numbers. Some kids with type 1 diabetes can't get that feeling of awareness when their glucose is changing. With that said, it can be very life threatening. Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover this very expensive medical device. The monthly fee to keep a dexcom is outrageous. Why wouldn't it be? We all know how this works. Medical and pharmaceutical companies see something that could make life better and they increase the value tremendously. What insurance companies fail to understand when they don't approve the CGM is as follows:·When a type 1 or 2 diabetic goes severely low they need a Glucogon shot $350.00·911 needs called and they need transported to the hospital by an ambulance. $1200.00·They need IV's and blood work done in the E.R. and need to be monitored by the E.R. staff. $1250.00..These figures are average cost around the United States which comes to $2,800.·1 month supply of CGM sensors come $750.00. I try to make Braydon's sensors last more than the FDA allows to save.Some "brittle" diabetics can have a severe low requiring a glucogon shot 1 to 2 times per month. Especially those that are hypo or hyper unaware. The CGM allows my 8 year old to ride his bike with his brothers and friends without the fear of going low and passing out, or going into a coma, or having a seizure. It allows him to sleep at night without fear of not waking up. The dexcom not only alerts him, but it alerts me as well. Can type 1 and 2 diabetics live without a CGM? YES, but the cost of savings on glucose strips, glucogon shots, and trips to the E.R. have been more than amazing. Can the CGM save money and lives? YES!! it can and for us, it has many times. Braydon currently doesn't have a pump. The initial start up cost will be $2000.00 for us after insurance. We have chosen to go with the CGM before the pump because of how unaware he is of his hypo's. Please share this post. Help me spread the word. Help me help other kids and adults get this CGM so that kids can live a somewhat more normal life without fear because their insurance won't approve the CGM. This may not be important to you because you dont have the fear of losing your child every night you lay them down to sleep. Us parents who care for a child with type 1 fear this every time they leave our presence. They don't do sleepovers at a friends anymore, they don't go to ball practice alone anymore. With the CGM they can have their life back. Please, help spread the word. Right now I got an alert that Braydon is rising and needs insulin. Without this device I would have been aware until his next reading at lunch. Everytime he rises above 200 his organs are damaged, in the long run, without the CGM, our insurance would be spending much more money on other medical cost. Sincerely, Paige Sanders and Cristy Wilson aka "mom's of diabetic children"
Petition to Javier J. Rodriguez, CEO, William Valle
Hold Dialysis Corporations Accountable for Kidney Disease Awareness in Urban Communities
Kidney Disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. While African Americans make up about 13 percent of the population, they account for 35 percent of the people with kidney failure in the United States. The biggest culprits fueling this epidemic are diabetes and high blood pressure. In addition, an estimated 37 million American adults have chronic kidney disease, but most don't even know they have it. As a result of these staggering statistics kidney dialysis facilities have been opening in urban communities at an alarming rate. Rather than just profiting billions from a health epidemic that disproportionately affects African Americans and minorities, this petition calls on these corporations to show real social responsibility and tangible community involvement by creating public awareness and education about diabetes and high blood pressure in those areas most heavily impacted. This can include high-traffic advertisements such as street billboards, local TV ads, and social media buys, as well as sponsoring education and better-food programs in local schools. There are more than 6,000 dialysis facilities in the United States. If dialysis companies truly care about people with kidney disease, they should be a part of the viable solution, which is preventing it from occurring in the first place.
Petition to Bill Lee, Mark Green, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Powers, Jason Hodges, Jay D. Reedy, Richard Briggs, Curtis G. Johnson, Katrina Robinson
Make Life Saving Insulin More Affordable
It's time for all Tennesseeans to have affordable insulin! My son, Trevon was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 4. We are fortunate enough to have good health insurance to cover the expensive cost of insulin and other diabetic related supplies. Diabetics that are unable to afford their insulin run the risk of many health problems: Blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, limb loss, depression, and death. Although diabetes has been around for centuries along with insulin, drug manufactures continue to raise the costs for this medicine versus developing a cure. I believe that families shouldn't have to worry about how they will buy life-sustaining medication while giant pharmaceutical companies rake in record-setting profits. This petition is not asking for free insulin. It is asking for fair pricing for medications that are needed to sustain life. Only we, the people of the United States of America can change things. Only we, are able to make our voices heard, raise awareness, and put a cap on what a diabetic has to spend monthly on a medication that they need to live and be a functional member of society. Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Tennessee to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. The insulin price cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Tennessee to join them in protecting Tennesseans with diabetes from avoidable health risks. I urge you to look into the legislation that Colorado passed as a potential example for Tennessee to follow.
Petition to Janet Cruz, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Florida Governor, Nicholas X. Duran, Janet Cruz
Put a price cap on insulin in Florida
I am a Type 1 diabetic and I have been since 1994. Just a couple of years ago the cost for a 3-month supply of Novolog insulin, which I have to inject every time I eat, was $100. Now, a 1-month supply costs $458.77 and there is no discount for a 3-month supply, meaning I would have to pay almost $1,500 for a 3-month supply -- about $6,000 a year for just one type of insulin. However, pricing elsewhere shows that this high cost is not necessary. Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Florida to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. Type 1 diabetes, which according to the CDC accounts for about 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Because their bodies cannot make insulin, type 1 diabetics require insulin prescriptions to live (in some extreme cases this is true for type 2 patients as well). "When type 1 diabetics take less insulin than they need, at the expense of having higher blood sugars… glucose rises significantly and in an attempt to find alternate fuels for the brain, keto acids are formed which are potentially toxic and lower the body's pH. DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis), when left untreated, can be lethal, and can set in quickly. In the absence of insulin a person might get DKA within 24 hours," - Robert A. Gabbay, the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. The price of insulin has skyrocketed in recent years, with the three manufacturers — Sanofi, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly — raising the list prices of their products in near lock step, prompting outcry from patient groups and doctors who have pointed out that the rising prices appear to have little to do with increased production costs. In the United States, just three pharmaceutical giants hold patents that allow them to manufacture insulin: Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk. Put together, the “big three” made more than $12 billion in profits in 2014, with insulin accounting for a large portion. Because of the incredibly high cost of insulin and other expensive supplies to handle their diabetes, many diabetics are forced into dire situations. Many diabetics have resorted to rationing insulin, risking their lives every day because they can’t afford to pay for their next vial. People are forced to choose between the insulin they need to survive, and keeping a roof over their head and food on the table for their families. People’s lives shouldn’t be put at risk because the insulin they require to live isn’t deemed “necessary” by insurance. The insulin price cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Florida to join them in protecting Floridians with diabetes from avoidable health risks. I urge you to look into the legislation that Colorado passed as a potential example for Florida to follow.
Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate, Pennsylvania Governor
Price cap on insulin in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, insulin costs $270 a vial - a prohibitively expensive price for many diabetics. This vial lasts a month at most for many diabetics. Others require three or more vials per month, skyrocketing the price up to $1000 a month for something they need to survive. However, pricing elsewhere shows that this high cost is not necessary. Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Pennsylvania to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. Sign and share this petition today to ask Pennsylvania state legislators to take a stand for those with diabetes by instituting an insulin price cap. Because of the incredibly high cost of insulin and other expensive supplies to handle their diabetes, many diabetics are forced into dire situations. Many diabetics have resorted to rationing insulin, risking their lives every day because they can’t afford to pay for their next vial. People are forced to choose between the insulin they need to survive, and keeping a roof over their head and food on the table for their families. I know firsthand how stressful paying for insulin can be. My girlfriend has Type 1 diabetes, and worries constantly about whether her insurance will continue to cover the costs of her insulin and related supplies. People’s lives shouldn’t be put at risk because the insulin they require to live isn’t deemed “necessary” by insurance. The insulin price cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Pennsylvania to join them in protecting Pennsylvanians with diabetes from avoidable health risks. Please sign this petition to urge Pennsylvania state legislators to save lives with an insulin price cap.