We have just
over 2,000 signatures on our petition to the FDA on behalf of people with
diabetes and the signatures are moving - ! But there's a long way to go, can
you help? At this turning point in history, we're looking to reach 20,000
signatures to ensure that the FDA is aware of the challenges we face.
Please go to www.HealTheFDA.com
and help the FDA by letting them know how much you care about innovation and
improvement in care. Safety is the top priority now at the FDA, and
that's great and should not be changed – but zero safety risk means zero
innovation. That’s unacceptable. If you have diabetes, know anyone with
diabetes, or are a taxpayer, you can benefit by making your voice heard. Our
summary is below.
Ask FDA to Better Serve Diabetes Patients Needs - exec summary
We fear that innovation is slowing
in diabetes despite the urgent need for new treatments – today, close to half
of the 24 million Americans with diabetes do not meet recommended
blood sugar goals.
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration’s job is to protect the safety of patients and approve
We are asking the new FDA
leadership for two things:
1. To create a council of
diabetes patients and healthcare professionals who can help the FDA assess new
information and assimilate diverse views, including those of patients.
2. To make the rules reasonable for
the sake of the patients, which can be done without sacrificing safety.
note: This petition is sponsored by a group of concerned patients, doctors and
diabetes educators, not the drug industry.
Thank you for your support. Much appreciation from all of the
online co-sponsors including Manny at TuDiabetes, Amy at DiabetesMine, Marsten
at SugarStats, Nadia at Diabetes Health, Kerri at SixUntilMe, Allison at
Lemonade Life, Gina at Diabetes Talkfest Blog, Fran at Diabetes Day by Day,
Kitty at Diabetes Living Today, David at Diabetes Daily, Bernard at the
Diabetes Technology Blog, David at Mendosa, Howard at dLife, and Scott at
Scott's Web Log, AND all the many patient advocates and doctors and
educators, including Dr. Timothy S. Bailey, Director, AMCR
Institute Inc., Jennifer Block, CDE, of Stanford University,
Dr. Nancy Bohannon of St. Luke’s Hospital, San Francisco, Dr. Bruce
Buckingham of Stanford University, Stead Burwell, head of the
Alliance Health Networks, Priscilla Call Essert, Author, My Life As A
Pancreas, Dr. Karen Earle, CPMC, San Francisco, Dr. Steve Edelman,
UCSF and TCOYD, Bob Hawkinson, Author, Joy of Diabetes, James S.
Hirsch, Author, Cheating Destiny, Dr. Irl B. Hirsch, Professor
of Medicine, University of Washington, Dr. Lois Jovanovic, Sansum
Diabetes Research Institute, Dr. Francine R. Kaufman, MD, USC and Childrens
Hospital Los Angeles; Dr. Neal Kaufman, MD, MPH, Founder, Diabetes
Prevention Source, Tom Karlya, Author, Diabetes Dad, Rebecca
Killion, Diabetes Advocate, Jenny Ruhl, Author, Blood Sugar
101, Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, Integrated Diabetes Services, Jane
Jeffrie Seley, CDE, BC-ADM, Lisa Shenson, Diabetes Parent &
Advocate, Virginia Valentine, CNS, BC-ADM, CDE, CEO, Diabetes
Network, Inc. Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Gloria Yee, RN, CDE, University
of California San Francisco Diabetes Teaching Center.