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insulin

45 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, James M. Inhofe, Kevin Stitt

Allow all insulin to be purchased over the counter without a prescription.

Three and a half years ago, my youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just months before his fourth birthday. Since that diagnosis, for the rest of his life, he will have to inject insulin to stay alive. Insulin is required for a Type one diabetic (and some Type 2 diabetics) just to stay alive. Fast acting human analog insulins like Novolog and Humalog and long acting insulins like a Tresiba, Lantus, and Levemir aren’t available without a prescription. For a Type 1 diabetic, going without insulin for just a few hours risks diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening emergency.  There are many situations that can prevent access to insullin. Things like getting too warm, freezing, accidental breakage of a vial, or simply just running out of the tightly rationed supply of this life saving hormone your insurance company allows you to have.  I am asking Congress to allow all insulin, especially fast acting human analog insulins like novolog and humalog to be sold over the counter at pharmacies. There is zero abuse potential for insulin and the consequences of preventing its sale are much higher than allowing it. Many diabetics try to use over the counter insulin like Regular or NPH insulins in emergency situations which can be dangerous. Allowing diabetic patients to purchase the insulin they’ve been using for years is safer and absolutely needed.  The inaction of congress and the US FDA will continue to cause preventable emergencies which result in avoidable costs for emergency care. Additionally, it will prevent unnecessary loss of life which is a very real possibility when both Type 1 and insulin dependent type 2 diabetics are unable to obtain the insulin quickly and without unnecessary paperwork. 

Kirk Williams
279 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Jimmy Anderson, Jill Billings, Katrina Shankland, Dave Hansen, Robin Vos, Dave Considine, Tony Evers, Adam Neylon, Cindi S. Duchow, John Jagler, Travis Tranel, David Steffen, Tyler August, Rob Stafsholt, Rick Gundrum, Daniel Riemer, Steve Doyle, Dianne Hesselbein, Amanda Stuck, Shelia Stubbs

Cap Insulin Prices in Wisconsin

As a person managing type 1 diabetes myself of over 15+ years, I understand that affordable insulin is truly a life and death matter. Simply put, INSULIN IS NOT OPTIONAL.  That’s why I am seizing the opportunity to support proposed legislation that would cap the amount insulin can cost in Wisconsin. I need your help to make this law a reality.   There is a health care crisis happening around the country. Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 1.25 million Americans. 200,000 of them are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes - it is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Insulin should not be so expensive that people have to worry about how they’re going to afford this life-saving medication.  I’m proud that my home state of Wisconsin could become the next state, after Colorado, to put a price cap on insulin. Although $100 per month for insulin remains unaffordable for many, this legislation is an important first step and is very exciting -- particularly because insulin can cost as much as $500 per month. My hope is that Wisconsin can help lead the national conversation around health care reform, but I need your support to make it happen.    Add your signature of care and tell the Wisconsin Legislature to cap the price of insulin in Wisconsin at $100 per 30-day supply. The pharmaceutical companies that control insulin pricing should be ashamed. This law can help put some humanity back into our healthcare system by making insulin more affordable for thousands of people. Help make this legislation a reality.  If Colorado can do it, so can Wisconsin, and so can every state so that no matter where a diabetic lives, they can access life-saving medication without emptying their bank accounts.  Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes at beyondtype1.org. Please add your signature to this document to show your government representatives, Reps. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg), Jill Billings (D-LaCrosse), Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), that you support the Wisconsin Insulin Price Cap Bill. This will help Wisconsin families everywhere live easier while managing the auto-immune disease, type 1 diabetes. Help to end disparities in the type 1 diabetes community so all families of different socioeconomic circumstances managing the condition can live easier with it.  The official definition for type 1 diabetes, as told by JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is: "Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive." Type 1 diabetes effects approximately 1.25 million Americans. Of this number, 200,000 are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes. It is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Should this bill go through, people managing type 1 diabetes can be less stressed about the cost and reach better blood-glucose levels to live better with the condition. Learn more about T1D community disparities here: https://insulinnation.com/living/reducing-disparities-in-the-type-1-diabetes-community/. Learn more about the bill here: https://waow.com/news/wisconsin-news/2019/07/24/legislative-proposal-would-cap-cost-of-insulin-in-wisconsin/ Watch this petition for updates.

Julia Rose
63,049 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Janet Woodcock, M.D.

Type 1 Diabetes Treatment Approval

The FDA recently rejected and closed the application of a new drug that was proven to delay the onset of Type 1 Diabetes by at least two years.  Teplizumab was favored for approval in a vote by FDA's own advisory committee, accepted by the American Diabetes Association including adding to the Standards of Care for Type 1 Diabetes, and touted by the Dr. Kevan C. Herold from the National Institutes of Health as "a new era in the treatment and prevention of diabetes."   Reasons for rejection are not based on safety or effectiveness.  This drug is proven effective.  This drug is proven to be safe.  Instead excuses include narrow failure to connect the drug to a previously abandoned drug of another company and manufacturing issues with non-related drugs at the manufacturing facility.    The diabetes community overwhelmingly wants this drug to save future diabetes victims.  It is safe, effective, and NEEDS to be available as an option for those at the highest risk of getting Type 1 Diabetes! The rejection came on the heels of a controversial approval Aduhelm, used to treat Alzheimer's, even after overwhelming FDA Advisory Committee rejection with 1-10 vote to not approve this drug.  Suspiciously, Biden pledged to find a cure for Alzheimer's in his victory speech and Interim FDA Commissioner, Janet Woodcock, was picked by Biden to head the agency.  Three Doctors on the advisory panel resigned because of this corruption.   The system is corrupt.  FDA should be a means to cure diseases, not a political lever.  Change is needed now!

Tyler Jones
165 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration

Carbohydrate Count on Restaurant Menus

Carbohydrate counting is an everyday issue for millions of people in the United States. I am one of those people. In the past year, I was diagnosed with type one diabetes and while all food packages contain a carb count, restaurants are not required to list carbohydrates on their menus. Because of this, every time I go out to eat, I have to research and estimate the number of carbs I’m being served. This can be a lot harder than it sounds when the carbohydrate count is not coming directly from the restaurant and when you receive a wide range of estimates. This can make going out to eat an unenjoyable outing when I can’t find the carb count for what I would like to consume. For example, when searching for the carb count of a side of corn at a steakhouse many sources said that it was eighteen carbs…. for a ⅓ cup of corn.  That was very inaccurate and it caused me to take too much insulin. For those unfamiliar with diabetes, this could’ve caused hypoglycemia which is incredibly dangerous. If low blood sugar is not detected fast enough, seizures can occur and can be fatal. All because a carbohydrate count was inaccurate and too much insulin was given.  I’m only fourteen and the last thing I need is the stress of wondering if I’m counting my carbs correctly or if these sites accurately depict the carbs I consume.  About 34.2 million Americans suffer from diabetes: type one and type two. Type two diabetics can recover with the right diet and carbohydrate count, so listing the number of carbs in a menu can greatly benefit their road to recovery. Unfortunately, type one diabetics are stuck with calculating their carbs for the rest of their life, which is very frightening and makes us diabetics feel hopeless at times.  A small act like this can ultimately make it a lot easier for people suffering from this illness. It would be a giant weight lifted off our backs knowing that we will be getting the most accurate carb count possible, and knowing that these restaurant chains are thinking about all people, including those with disabilities. People on diets also tend to keep track of their carbs. One of the most recently popular diets, Keto, revolves around counting carbs as well. The FDA requires many restaurants to list the calories on menus, in hope that the consumers realize just how many calories they’re eating, possibly setting them up to make smarter decisions. This requirement was also in place to help with the obesity rate in the United States. Do you know what else contributes to obesity? Carbohydrate intake. Knowing how many calories you are consuming is good, but it might not always be enough. Carb count is useful, not only to diabetics, but to many different kinds of people. Even if you don’t realize it, many people that you are close to struggle with this problem every day. It's just simply not talked about because we diabetics have learned to “deal with it”. However, I, and others, strongly believe that we shouldn’t have to just deal with it. This isn’t something small that just a couple hundred or thousand people have to deal with. This is huge and over 30 million Americans have to suffer, and, unfortunately, that number is only growing day by day. My hope is to make the lives of diabetics everywhere easier with this petition. So, please take a moment to sign your name and show your support for diabetics and others all across the United States. Thank you so much!  Much love, Beth Conover

Beth Conover
1,222 supporters