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Interview: Open Insulin

Interview: Open Insulin

Currently we’re working on a novel method to produce human insulin, which is not patented, and as far as I know is not patentable. There are variations on normal human insulin to make them longer or shorter acting, which involve very small changes to the sequence that codes for human insulin... Read more

Sweetness and Chaos: Diabetes in Two Worlds

Sweetness and Chaos: Diabetes in Two Worlds

While my parents were trying to make a living in the States, I spent my childhood years with my wonderful grandparents in an Indian village, a rural place that only showed up on Google Maps three years ago... Read more

Access to Health Care in the USA

In the US we are very lucky to have access to some of the best health care methods and technology in the world. I never have to worry about where my next pen of insulin will come from and I get to try out the latest tech and choose what works best for me, for the most part... Read more

Type 1 in Sydney, NY, and Latin America

Type 1 in Sydney, NY, and Latin America

During my 16 years with type 1 diabetes I’ve experienced living and traveling with the condition all around North and Latin America. I witnessed the struggle for access to insulin in every country I visited. Here is a snapshot of my story. Read more

‘‘It would be cheaper for me to die’’

‘‘It would be cheaper for me to die’’

Since sharing our initial survey data about out-of-pocket costs for insulin and diabetes supplies, we have received even more responses. With an overwhelming number of USA respondents, our survey has collected comment after comment about the outrageous costs faced by Americans who must contend with this financial burden... Read more

Exorbitant Diabetes Costs Must be Addressed

Exorbitant Diabetes Costs Must be Addressed

The WHO has chosen ‘beat diabetes’ as the theme for World Health Day this year, ignoring those who cannot afford or obtain their vital and essential medicines. The theme is insensitive and ignorant to those living with diabetes whose lives are most in jeopardy... Read more

My Fight for Information

My Fight for Information

Diabetes has been a big part of my life for a long time, but during my fall semester of my senior year at university in my International Social Work class, I decided to focus on diabetes and access to resources, specifically insulin. Read more

Interview: Diabetes in the Dominican Republic

Insulin is accessible but expensive and some children do not get the appropriate treatment. I believe that AAV can be the mid-point between local medical care because our camps can offer diabetes education through an efficient continuous supervision of children living with diabetes. Read more

What’s The Deal With Generic Insulin?

What’s The Deal With Generic Insulin?

At first glance it would seem that generic forms of insulin (versions created when patents expire) should be making a significant impact on global insulin prices and therefore the ability of people to access insulin. On closer inspection it is clear that they have not yet made a noticeable effect. Read more

My Insulin Scare

My Insulin Scare

Most of us know that, essentially, the most important thing for a person with diabetes is insulin. Someone with Type 1 diabetes can die within weeks if there is no insulin in their body. I recently had an experience with my own insulin that put the issues I am passionate about into perspective even more. Here is what happened... Read more