American Diabetes Association® Launches Online Hub for Insulin Affordability Advocates

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Michelle Kirkwood
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January 25, 2017

New Association website offers resources for those looking to get more involved with making lifesaving insulin affordable for all who need it

The American Diabetes Association (Association) today unveiled a new online hub—makeinsulinaffordable.org—as part of its Stand Up for Affordable Insulin Initiative, which was launched in November 2016. The site houses key resources, including the Association's national petition for insulin affordability. The Association's petition calls for all entities in the insulin supply chain to increase transparency and ensure that no person with diabetes is denied affordable insulin, and for Congress to hold hearings with these entities to identify the reasons for the dramatic increases in insulin prices and take action to protect Americans with diabetes.

Insulin affordability is a complex issue with many different players. The Stand Up For Affordable Insulin site is designed to be a resource, action center and story-sharing platform where people can learn more about the issue and get involved by signing the petition, sharing their personal stories and becoming advocates for the cause. The site includes background information on the rising cost of insulin, relevant peer-reviewed research, news coverage about insulin affordability and other resources. The site also includes the words of people with diabetes and those who care for them, illustrating the very real toll insulin costs are having on those who rely on this lifesaving medication.

"Since mid-November, more than 150,000 people have signed our petition calling for urgent action by Congress and the insulin supply chain to make insulin affordable," said Immediate-Past President, Medicine & Science for the Association Desmond Schatz, MD. "This overwhelming response confirms this issue is a critical concern for the diabetes community and solidifies our commitment to ensuring insulin is affordable for all who need it."

With the 115th Congress now in session, the launch of the makeinsulinaffordable.org site marks the latest step in the Association's efforts to urge Congress to hold hearings with all entities in the insulin supply chain.

Learn more at makeinsulinaffordable.org.

About the American Diabetes Association

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and every 23 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETESS (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)