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5,000 Names Needed.

There’s a petition circulating to add diabetes as a disease topic to be discussed over the next five years.  Diabetes, despite the number of people touched by it, isn’t on the list.

Yet. 

If we can gain 5,000 signatures on this petition, we have a better chance of adding diabetes to the discussion docket, helping improve the lives of those we love.  It takes about fifteen seconds to sign the petition.  Do you have fifteen seconds to spare to help raise the voice of the diabetes community?

Yeah you do.

“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 diabetes, totaling $245 billion, and the government covered 62% of those costs, meaning 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.”

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jesse Sutten #

    Lets add diabetes

    08/30/13; 12:57 pm
  2. Melissa Cyr #

    Diabetes needs to be on the this list!

    08/30/13; 3:17 pm
  3. Nicole Livengood #

    As the daughter of someone with Chronic Fatigue I am jumping up and down to see that it is included on this list! But its presence makes Diabetes absence all the clearer and stranger…

    08/30/13; 4:32 pm
  4. Christine #

    Done.
    Chris

    08/30/13; 6:34 pm
  5. K. #

    What is physiologic insulin? Can anyone expand? My google search didn’t give me a clear answer.

    08/30/13; 11:13 pm
  6. Dan #

    Kerri
    Was signed and forwarded.
    Dan

    08/31/13; 10:58 am
  7. Ellyn George #

    It seems so odd that one of the biggest problems in this world is Diabetes, but yet would be left off the list.

    09/2/13; 7:43 pm
  8. Doing my best to get more signatures, I have shared this in every Diabetic facebook group I am in.

    09/3/13; 2:14 pm
  9. Jen Monahan #

    Done

    09/3/13; 2:53 pm
  10. I will sign this too.

    Steve

    09/6/13; 11:05 am
  11. billie ruark #

    Please please include diabetes on this list. Let s learn more and pay attentionl

    09/17/13; 10:41 pm

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