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    How to Help People Who Can’t Afford Insulin


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    How to Help People Who Can’t Afford Insulin

    Post by graham64 on Mon Nov 23 2015, 22:13

    From time to time I expect you feel pretty miserable about having diabetes. Especially about these interminable injections…

    Diabetes for everyone is a life sentence. But for some poor people in developing countries, parents cannot afford insulin for both a diabetic child and  food for the rest of the family. Hard choices have to be made.

    Insulin for Life

    The  insulin for life organisation  aims to help. They will ship your unwanted but in date insulin or other things such as lancets and test strips to those who would die without it.  They also help coordinate insulin supplies to disaster struck areas.

    It is an Australian-based organisation whose president is Ron Raab. Ron has been a type one diabetic since he was 12 just like Dr Richard Bernstein. He became one of Dr Bernstein’s patients and reversed many of his longstanding diabetes complications (read his success story here).

    Insulin for Life is the website for the organisation that has affiliates in the US, Europe and the UK.

    The InDependent Diabetes Trust

    This is the UK organisation who will send your donated insulin to Insulin For Life.

    Please send your no longer needed insulin – unused vials or cartridges and in date in a jiffy bag to:

    Jenny Hirst
    PO Box
    NN1 4XS

    The IDDT is a charity whose staff and membership is formed by diabetics and by those caring for diabetics. They aim to listen and support your needs.

    They have an excellent website with articles of interest to insulin users about many different aspects of diabetes at:

    Enquiries can be sent by e mail to:

    The IDDT was formed from original members of Diabetes UK who were not being supported in their needs and preferences for animal insulins. Unlike Diabetes UK they receive no funding from pharmaceutical or food manufacturers.

    Thanks to the political lobbying that IDDT have continued for years the UK still manufactures animal insulins. These are obtained  and purified from pigs and cows that have been slaughtered for their meat.

    A small variety of long acting, short acting and mixed duration animal insulins are available in pen cartridge formulations and  vials from Wockhardt Pharmaceuticals. These can be shipped overseas.

    Prescriptions for the insulins and pens are available from your UK GP in the usual way. A GP however may want a diabetologist to approve.

    Quick Quiz:
    1. Unopened and in date insulin vials and cartridges that you no longer need can be put to good use by two of these…
    a Pharmacies
    b Diabetes UK, the ADA or your equivalent national diabetes organisation.
    c Insulin for life.
    d The IDDT.

    Have you got it?
    1. C and D are correct. IDDT in the UK will send it to Insulin for Life who will arrange for worldwide distribution.  Please send  insulin with at least three months to go to expiry.  You can read more about this organisation and how you can help on this site

    It's hard to believe in so called civilised world that peoples lives are at risk because they are unable to pay for insulin, big pharma's regular price hikes only serve to make matters even worse

    I'm a skinny T2 diagnosed 4/4/2008, a high calorie LCHF diet and one metformin a day A1c 6.2 and no complications.

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