Thursday, July 23, 2015

Faster Hope On the Horizon

The 21st Century Cures Act is a swifter pathway to a cure for Type 1 diabetes. What is it, you ask? It is a bill (H.R. 6) that passed in the House of Representatives on July 10 in a 344 to 77 vote that will speed up the process of cures becoming
available to the United States public.
   For too long, the FDA has bogged cures down, making the researchers jump through every single hoop that could be thought of. As an example, I know of a long-lasting insulin called SIBA that works wonderfully, better than Lantus! I took part in the trial to get it to diabetics. That was seven years ago. I requested a prescription for SIBA from a recent endocrinologist and he said that it had not been approved by the FDA. The reason for the delay is the agency wants it proven that the insulin will not cause any heart problems. I'm sure if heart problems were an issue, it would have been discovered in the trial.
   Now, Faustman Laboratories has a very real, very probable cure for Type 1 diabetes and has entered phase II of the required trial. Phase II will last five years. For me, and for many other Type 1 diabetics, that is an eternity. And with the possibility of decades more being added on to the five years makes me believe that I will not see a cure either in my lifetime or before diabetes related complications set in.
   What the 21st Century Cures Act will do is eliminate the requirement for a phase III and will also eliminate a lot of the duplication in the review processes performed by the federal government. This will have a significant impact on reducing the time and the cost in getting cures and drugs to the public. That is huge!
   On July 13, this bill was introduced to the Senate and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Please, contact your senator and give your support for this bill. This will not only impact Type 1's, but numerous other Americans who are stricken with illnesses.

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