States Aren't Waiting for DC to Regulate Insulin Prices, They're Doing It Themselves
Back in March 2018, I co-authored (along with Scott King, the former editor ofDiabetes Health magazine) an article (catch the article athttps://www.diabeteshealth.com/good-bad-diabetes-advocacy-world/ for reference) about some patient advocacy wins and challenges ahead. One of the challenges ahead was about runaway insulin prices.We started to see action on runaway insulin prices in state capitals happen a few years ago.Nevada got an early start in 2017, introducing a transparency bill that requires drugmakers who made insulin specifically to report pricing, costs, and rebates. It was signed into law by the state's Republi...
Source: Scott's Web Log - February 18, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2020 insulin insulin prices legislation state laws Source Type: blogs

States Aren't Waiting for DC to Regulate Insulin Prices, They're Doing Themselves
Back in March 2018, I co-authored (along with Scott King, the former editor ofDiabetes Health magazine) an article (catch the article athttps://www.diabeteshealth.com/good-bad-diabetes-advocacy-world/ for reference) about some patient advocacy wins and challenges ahead. One of the challenges ahead was about runaway insulin prices.We started to see action on runaway insulin prices in state capitals happen a few years ago.Nevada got an early start in 2017, introducing a transparency bill that requires drugmakers who made insulin specifically to report pricing, costs, and rebates. It was signed into law by the state's Republi...
Source: Scott's Web Log - February 18, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2020 insulin insulin prices legislation state laws Source Type: blogs

In 2020, People With Diabetes May Wish to Thank the IRS
Amidst news of several Congressional hearings on the topic earlier in 2019, and continued protests by patient advocates outside of insulin manufacturers'headquarters, as well as persistent patient and caregiver complaints about runaway U.S. insulin prices in the U.S. media, a less-acknowledged change occurred which could impact what many patients with diabetes pay next year for insulin and testing supplies.It's not often that Americans would actually wish to THANK the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but in 2020, perhaps many Americans with diabetes might wish to do that!On July 17, 2019, the IRS...
Source: Scott's Web Log - September 17, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2019 2020 drug prices insulin insulin prices IRS Source Type: blogs

My Trial With Sanofi's Admelog, The Biosimilar Version of Humalog
A while back Iblogged about the emergence of biosimilar insulin in the U.S., more than a decade after I studied the topic and discovered some troubling reasons none existed. Since then, in spite of top officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advocating for a more robust biosimilars market in the U.S., we have seen fewer rather than more, so that's not working out so well for the Trump Administration's promise to bring drug prices way down so far. In late 2018, Merck quietly pulled the plug on its own Lantus biosimilar which was to be branded as Lusduna Nexvue (see moreHERE for details). Merc...
Source: Scott's Web Log - April 9, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Eli Lilly and Company follow-on insulin analogs 2019 Admelog biosimilars generics Humalog insulin prices Medicare Sanofi Source Type: blogs

We Need Get Insulin Added to the National " Preventive Medication Coverage " List
For 2018 World Diabetes Day (which is on November 14 of each year, the date of discoverer Frederick Banting's birth), I avoided much " celebration " or even acknowledgement. Its not that I don't care -- indeed, I can remember my involvement of working to get Congressional recognition of the day and helping to persuade the then-UN representative with written letters to that the United States'citizens actually supported the day's (and month's) creation way back in the early 1990's. Prior to that, diabetes wasn't even acknowledged outside of the medical profession.That said, in many ways, I hate these honorary "...
Source: Scott's Web Log - November 19, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2018 drug prices insulin Source Type: blogs

A Decade+ Later, Biosimilar Insulin Is Here
More than a decade ago (the article I published on my blog was originally posted on January 8, 2007 although I began research into the subject the preceding summer, see the article athttp://blog.sstrumello.com/2007/01/business-of-diabetes-real-story-behind.html for more background), I asked a number of very legitimate questions (some of which were later answered, others were not), with the most notable one being about why so many other diabetes medicines had " generics " but insulin did not (in spite of the fact that its patents had expired years ago).  Unfortunately, in my research, I discovered the some of...
Source: Scott's Web Log - April 21, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Tags: insulin analogs 2018 biogenerics biosimilars Source Type: blogs

A (Belated) Tribute to David Mendosa
I still have some trouble coming to grips with the fact that on May 8, 2017, the Diabetes Community (D-OC) lost one of the Diabetes Online Community's true pioneers and I'd say founders: David Mendosa (http://www.mendosa.com/ -- for the time being, anyway). David passed away following a diagnosis of angiosarcoma in the liver -- which is evidently a type of cancer. I think the fact that he passed away from something other than diabetes or its complications is a true testament to David's belief of living life to the fullest in spite of diabetes, which need not impede anyone, in spite of being dealt a pretty lousy h...
Source: Scott's Web Log - August 17, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2017 D-OC David Mendosa diabetes blogger diabetes industry Rick Mendosa Source Type: blogs

How Patient Advocacy Helped Persuade Medicare to Cover Dexcom
This week, there was some very good news from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) and the JDRF, notably for people with Type 1 diabetes who rely on Dexcom CGM devices. Essentially, CMS has accepted FDA labeling for the system and will no longer prohibit coverage.JDRF did a press release which can be seen athttp://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jdrf-encouraged-by-medicare-decision-to-take-first-step-toward-coverage-of-continuous-glucose-monitors-for-people-with-type-1-diabetes-300390684.html.Dexcom had its own release which can be seen athttp://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170112006146/en/Center...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 14, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2017 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS Dexcom FDA Source Type: blogs

Changes in the Price of Insulin, In Graphics!
In September 2016, the media was flooded with stories about the rediculously expensive price of EpiPens, which is basically epinephrine used to treat severe allergies (such as when some people get stung by bees or encounter peanuts), as the pens cost more than $600 for a package of two. The news was that the price of EpiPens had skyrocketed, which is a generic drug with an innovative delivery device that enables even people unfamiliar with doing so to give an epinephrine injection in order to rapidly address allergic reactions. Prices for the devices had increased by 600% over the past decade. Suddenly, ever...
Source: Scott's Web Log - November 2, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2016 California propositions drug prices insulin insulin analogs Source Type: blogs

Changes in the Price of Insulin, In Graphics! (and Vote'Yes' on 61 in California)
In September 2016, the media was flooded with stories about the rediculously expensive price of EpiPens, which is basically epinephrine used to treat severe allergies (such as when some people get stung by bees or encounter peanuts), as the pens cost more than $600 for a package of two. The news was that the price of EpiPens, which are a generic drug with an innovative delivery device that enables even people unfamiliar with them to give injections in order to rapidly address allergic reactions, had increased by 600% over the past decade. Suddenly, everyone was remakably empathetic to the persons who need to pay ...
Source: Scott's Web Log - November 2, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2016 California propositions drug prices insulin insulin analogs Source Type: blogs

Novo's Ills Are Indicative of Something Other Than A Free Market for Insulin
As I've already addressed, a few weeks ago (see my post athttp://blog.sstrumello.com/2016/08/the-business-of-diabetes-cvs-caremarks_5.html for more), Novo Nordisk's CEO Lars Rebien Sorensen rather unceremoniously announced he was retiring early (see http://fortune.com/2016/09/01/novo-nordisk-ceo-retire-insulin/ for more) which was kind of an acknowledgement that the era of easy price increases for its products in the U.S. is over. Already, CVS Caremark and United Health announced that they are dropping Sanofi's Lantus in favor of biosimilar versions from Lilly/Boehringer or Merck/Samsung, and there's reason ...
Source: Scott's Web Log - September 30, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2016 Biosimilar generic insulin Novo Nordis PBM prices Source Type: blogs

A Tribute to Kathy Putzier
It seems like these days, half of my posts are tributes (actually, its true, though I have a few others mixed in), and today, unfortunately, will be another one. This one is for Kathy Putzier. Her sister Joan Meece shared the news on Facenbook on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, so I presume the actual date was sometime around that, although details are still trickling in right now.One irony, which I think perhaps Kathy would have appreciated, is the fact that another person also named Kathy Putzier who was also from the Twin Cities area passed away around the same time, although the other Kathy was 82 years old, so i...
Source: Scott's Web Log - August 21, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2016 Kathy Putzier Minneapolis Minnesota Nice Purple Haze tribute Source Type: blogs

The Business of Diabetes: CVS Caremark's Salvo in Biosimilar Insulin for 2017
Its already mid-2016, for nearly the past decade, I've been pushing for so-called " biosimilars " or " follow-on biologics " like insulin to be legalized and then introduced in the U.S. (I first investigated this issue back in 2006, and published anarticle on it in January 2007). The reality is that without any form of generic competition, prices continue to rise with absolutely nothing to stop them. In recent years, there have been some hyper-aggressive price-increases from the insulin oligopoly, especially within the last 3 years or so. The reason: they all KNOW that their insulin analog pat...
Source: Scott's Web Log - August 5, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Biosimilar insulin Lantus Lilly Merck Source Type: blogs

Foracare TN'G Voice Meter: Great Option for PWD's With Visual Impairments (others, too!)
I pretty much limit my diabetes blogging these days, except when I think there's something REALLY important or unique to share, although much of what I began with now has several nonprofits and organizations to advance the issues.  Most of my diabetes-related stuff these days can be found on my Twitter feed, which is updated pretty much daily.  Still, when I need more space to share information, this blog is still where I turn. As I last blogged a few weeks ago (see http://goo.gl/mi5nEm for my post), I was very sorry when my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away, not from diabetes or diabetes-related...
Source: Scott's Web Log - July 25, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: glucose meters blind. visually-impaired Kitty Kitty Castellini Source Type: blogs

Foracare TN'G Voice Meter: Great Option for PWD's With Visual Impairments (others, too!)
I pretty much limit my diabetes blogging these days, except when I think there's something REALLY important or unique to share, although much of what I began with now has several nonprofits and organizations to advance the issues.  Most of my diabetes-related stuff these days can be found on my Twitter feed, which is updated pretty much daily.  Still, when I need more space to share information, this blog is still where I turn. As I last blogged a few weeks ago (see http://goo.gl/mi5nEm for my post), I was very sorry when my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away, not from diabetes or diabetes-related...
Source: Scott's Web Log - July 25, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: glucose meters blind. visually-impaired Kitty Kitty Castellini Source Type: blogs

Foracare TN'G Voice Meter: Great Option for PWD's With Visual Impairments (others, too!)
I pretty much limit my diabetes blogging these days, except when I think there's something REALLY important or unique to share, although much of what I began with now has several nonprofits and organizations to advance the issues.  Most of my diabetes-related stuff these days can be found on my Twitter feed, which is updated pretty much daily.  Still, when I need more space to share information, this blog is still where I turn. As I last blogged a few weeks ago (see http://goo.gl/mi5nEm for my post), I was very sorry when my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away, not from diabetes or diabetes-related...
Source: Scott's Web Log - July 25, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: glucose meters blind. visually-impaired Kitty Kitty Castellini Source Type: blogs

Foracare TN'G Voice Meter: Great Option for PWD's With Visual Impairments (others, too!)
I pretty much limit my diabetes blogging these days, except when I think there's something REALLY important or unique to share, although much of what I began with now has several nonprofits and organizations to advance the issues.  Most of my diabetes-related stuff these days can be found on my Twitter feed, which is updated pretty much daily.  Still, when I need more space to share information, this blog is still where I turn. As I last blogged a few weeks ago (see http://goo.gl/mi5nEm for my post), I was very sorry when my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away, not from diabetes or diabetes-related...
Source: Scott's Web Log - July 25, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: glucose meters blind. visually-impaired Kitty Kitty Castellini Source Type: blogs

Foracare TN'G Voice Meter: Great Option for PWD's With Visual Impairments (others, too!)
I pretty much limit my diabetes blogging these days, except when I think there's something REALLY important or unique to share, although much of what I began with now has several nonprofits and organizations to advance the issues.  Most of my diabetes-related stuff these days can be found on my Twitter feed, which is updated pretty much daily.  Still, when I need more space to share information, this blog is still where I turn. As I last blogged a few weeks ago (see http://goo.gl/mi5nEm for my post), I was very sorry when my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away, not from diabetes or diabetes-related...
Source: Scott's Web Log - July 25, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: glucose meters blind. visually-impaired Kitty Kitty Castellini Source Type: blogs

Foracare TN'G Voice Meter: Great Option for PWD's With Visual Impairments (others, too!)
I pretty much limit my diabetes blogging these days, except when I think there's something REALLY important or unique to share, although much of what I began with now has several nonprofits and organizations to advance the issues.  Most of my diabetes-related stuff these days can be found on my Twitter feed, which is updated pretty much daily.  Still, when I need more space to share information, this blog is still where I turn. As I last blogged a few weeks ago (see http://goo.gl/mi5nEm for my post), I was very sorry when my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away, not from diabetes or diabetes-related...
Source: Scott's Web Log - July 25, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: glucose meters blind. visually-impaired Kitty Kitty Castellini Source Type: blogs

Foracare TN'G Voice Meter: Great Option for PWD's With Visual Impairments (others, too!)
I pretty much limit my diabetes blogging these days, except when I think there's something REALLY important or unique to share, although much of what I began with now has several nonprofits and organizations to advance the issues.  Most of my diabetes-related stuff these days can be found on my Twitter feed, which is updated pretty much daily.  Still, when I need more space to share information, this blog is still where I turn. As I last blogged a few weeks ago (see http://goo.gl/mi5nEm for my post), I was very sorry when my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away, not from diabetes or diabetes-related...
Source: Scott's Web Log - July 25, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: glucose meters blind. visually-impaired Kitty Kitty Castellini Source Type: blogs

Foracare TN'G Voice Meter: Great Option for PWD's With Visual Impairments (others, too!)
I pretty much limit my diabetes blogging these days, except when I think there's something REALLY important or unique to share, although much of what I began with now has several nonprofits and organizations to advance the issues.  Most of my diabetes-related stuff these days can be found on my Twitter feed, which is updated pretty much daily.  Still, when I need more space to share information, this blog is still where I turn. As I last blogged a few weeks ago (see http://goo.gl/mi5nEm for my post), I was very sorry when my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away, not from diabetes or diabetes-related...
Source: Scott's Web Log - July 25, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: glucose meters blind. visually-impaired Kitty Kitty Castellini Source Type: blogs

A Tribute to My Dear Friend, Kitty Castellini
Between out-of-town guests staying with me for the month, and various other issues going on in my personal life, I've been busy as of late.  But I was really saddened when I learned that my good friend Kitty Castellini passed away on Sunday (June 19, 2016).  I'd met Kitty quite a few times at various diabetes conferences and meetings over the years, but we continued to speak by telephone in between.Kitty's most widely distributed photofrom Diabetes Living Today®Kitty, me and my spouse enjoyed the Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball game we attended in Indianapolis a few years ago, and we spent most of ...
Source: Scott's Web Log - June 23, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2016 Kitty Kitty Castellini memorial tribute Source Type: blogs

Why I'm Not (Yet) Supporting #MyPumpChoice
This week, there was a bit of a brew-ha-ha over the joint announcement [see HERE  for the news] from United Healthcare (the largest for-profit healthcare insurer in the U.S.) and Medtronic over insulin pump coverage, specifically that United Healthcare had chosen Medtronic to be the company's " preferred " insulin pump supplier, hence other pump and pump supply brands like Roche, Tandem or Animas would generally not be covered.  Yes, they buried it on page 7 and kind of did it on the down low which was sleazy, kind of like banks do with changes in terms to credit cards or new fees being added on...
Source: Scott's Web Log - May 5, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: insulin pump UnitedHealthCare 2016 Medtronic test strips United Healthcare Source Type: blogs

Why I'm Not (Yet) Supporting #MyPumpChoice
This week, there was a bit of a brew-ha-ha over the joint announcement [see HERE for the news] from United Healthcare (the largest for-profit healthcare insurer in the U.S.) and Medtronic over insulin pump coverage, specifically that United Healthcare had chosen Medtronic to be the company's "preferred" insulin pump supplier, hence other pump and pump supply brands like Roche, Tandem or Animas would generally not be covered.  Yes, they buried it on page 7 and kind of did it on the down low which was sleazy, kind of like banks do with changes in terms to credit cards or new fees being added on your check...
Source: Scott's Web Log - May 5, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: insulin pump UnitedHealthCare 2016 Medtronic test strips United Healthcare Source Type: blogs

Calling the CEO's Office Yet Again
What a difference a year makes!  Last year, I'd written (see my post at http://goo.gl/ST6wtC to read the first on this ongoing saga) about a lengthy delay in getting the blood glucose test strips my doctor prescribed for me.  Ultimately, I ended up getting what I needed by calling Executive Office Complaints (e.g. the CEO's office).  Yet in spite of Aetna receiving approval from various state insurance regulatory agencies to acquire Humana (including the largest state Humana operates in, Florida), Aetna (like all for-profit insurance companies) decided that saving a few bucks in pharmacy benefit...
Source: Scott's Web Log - February 18, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2016 Aetna customer service insurance mail-order pharmacy Source Type: blogs

Calling the CEO's Office Yet Again
What a difference a year makes!  Last year, I'd written (see my post at http://goo.gl/ST6wtC to read the first on this ongoing saga) about a lengthy delay in getting the blood glucose test strips my doctor prescribed for me.  Ultimately, I ended up getting what I needed by calling Executive Office Complaints (e.g. the CEO's office).  Yet in spite of Aetna receiving approval from various state insurance regulatory agencies to acquire Humana (including the largest state Humana operates in, Florida), Aetna (like all for-profit insurance companies) decided that saving a few bucks in pharmacy benefits was worth t...
Source: Scott's Web Log - February 18, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2016 Aetna customer service insurance mail-order pharmacy Source Type: blogs

Just Who Is JDRF Therapeutic Ventures, LLC? Why is it such a secret?
You might not have realized it, but a few years ago, the folks at JDRF secretly (it wasn't generally publicized, although some organization bigwigs, board members, etc. knew about it) established a legally separate organization to handle their industry partnerships which is legally organized as an LLC rather than a non-profit organization.  This enables the JDRF to not have to disclose much detail in the nonprofit's 990 tax returns which are subject to more scrutiny from just about anyone, as the tax returns for the nonprofit must be disclosed to the public.  Some this quite beneficial and perhaps even useful, as...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 27, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: industry partnerships JDRF JDRF Therapeutic Ventures LLC nonprofits Source Type: blogs

My Evolution and D-Blogging
A few years ago, I announced kind of a break from diabetes blogging. At the time, I felt I’d gotten what I wanted to from it, and I even started an unrelated blog (which is still out there) on retro pop culture. I still update that blog every so often, but it’s certainly not regularly, mainly when I’m motivated to do something. Most of my diabetes-related social media activity is on my Twitter feed these days. That’s still very much alive and well, no thanks to Google’s effort to kill RSS in favor of proprietary APIs similar to what Facebook was doing. That effort failed spectacularly, and now...
Source: Scott's Web Log - May 27, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2015 blog evolution co-housing. next phase cohousing marriage Source Type: blogs

Type 1 Diabetes Autoimmunity Makes News
Back in 2012, Novo Nordisk made headlines (whether deservedly or not) for establishing a Seattle research center (see the press release at http://prn.to/1OAukdP for more detail) to focus on autoimmunity that is the core reason type 1 diabetes occurs.  Truth be told, there were never more than twenty researchers at this facility, although the company did manage to sign such prominent type 1 diabetes immunologists as Matthias von Herrath whose primary work actually takes place in San Diego at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology (LIAI), a non-profit research institute founded in 1988 that focuses on the u...
Source: Scott's Web Log - March 26, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: AstraZeneca Autoimmunity Douglas Melton Novo Nordisk Source Type: blogs

People With Diabetes Should Re-Appropriate the Term " Diabetic " (noun)
In December, DiabetesMine ran a post entitled " Using'Diabetic' vs.'Person with Diabetes' - Does It Matter? " .  It got me to thinking about the term " diabetic " as a noun and how outdated it is, but it also raised the question in my mind as to whether its really worth getting upset over. Back in 1998, the late Deb Butterfield grappled with the issue of political correctness and the outdated term " diabetic " used as a noun (See http://ow.ly/Jrm66 for the article she wrote).  Deb wrote " ... if it's all right with you, may we take it for granted that we are all peopl...
Source: Scott's Web Log - February 22, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Deb Butterfield 2015 diabetic PWD Source Type: blogs

People With Diabetes Should Re-Appropriate the Term "Diabetic" (noun)
In December, DiabetesMine ran a post entitled "Using 'Diabetic' vs. 'Person with Diabetes' - Does It Matter?".  It got me to thinking about the term "diabetic" as a noun and how outdated it is, but it also raised the question in my mind as to whether its really worth getting upset over.Back in 1998, the late Deb Butterfield grappled with the issue of political correctness and the outdated term "diabetic" used as a noun (See http://ow.ly/Jrm66 for the article she wrote).  Deb wrote "... if it's all right with you, may we take it for granted that we are all people and divide by th...
Source: Scott's Web Log - February 22, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Deb Butterfield 2015 diabetic PWD Source Type: blogs

2014 Observations in Type 1 Diabetes Treatments
Happy 2015! Its no secret that I don’t blog like I once did, and the fact that I'm posting twice this month isn't necessarily a sign that is changing.  It’s not like I’ve disappeared (I still have a very active Twitter feed), but Google tried its best to kill blogs when it shut Google Reader down (that failed; I’m still using a different reader known as G2Reader which I think is a damn close replacement and they have a mobile app for Android, but nothing for Apple, sorry iPhone junkies), but many other people have basically given up on a truly open internet with the likes of RSS readers which p...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 20, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: DiaPep 277 2015 Andromeda Aventis FDA. Sanofi Hyperion JDRF Medtronic Minimed Sanofi-Aventis Source Type: blogs

When All Else Fails, Call the CEO's Office at Your Insurance Co.
I make no secret about it: I test my blood sugar a LOT.  Hypoglycemia unawareness is a big reason for this, but its also how my HbA1c's are as excellent as they are.  Insurance companies would like to limit how many you can use because its a big expense line for them.  But I look at it this way: one trip to the Emergency Room for a hypo I couldn't tell was happening would erase any savings they got for denial of a few test strips.  Over the years, I've had a number of different insurance companies, including United Healthcare, Wellpoint/Anthem, EmblemHealth of New York and Aetna. &nb...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 19, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2015 Aetna CEO customer service mail-order pharmacy Source Type: blogs

When All Else Fails, Call the CEO's Office at Your Insurance Co.
I make no secret about it: I test my blood sugar a LOT.  Hypoglycemia unawareness is a big reason for this, but its also how my HbA1c's are as excellent as they are.  Insurance companies would like to limit how many you can use because its a big expense line for them.  But I look at it this way: one trip to the Emergency Room for a hypo I couldn't tell was happening would erase any savings they got for denial of a few test strips.  Over the years, I've had a number of different insurance companies, including United Healthcare, Wellpoint/Anthem, EmblemHealth of New York and Aetna.  I cannot say enou...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 19, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2015 Aetna CEO customer service mail-order pharmacy Source Type: blogs

Upcoming 11/3/2014 FDA-DOC Meeting; Concerns About FDA Biosimilar Guidance(s)
At this point, I don't think its really necessary for me to repeat too much of the content that is already circulating within the diabetes online community of blogs about the forthcoming Monday, November 3, 2014 meeting  from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  But I WILL say that collectively, over the past year, the diabetes patient community was able to accomplish something truly quite extraordinary.  You should know about that, and even better, you also have a chance to participate in that!Specifically, in 2013, the diabetes online community started a petition (see http:...
Source: Scott's Web Log - October 20, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Tags: biogenerics Biosimilar diatribe FDA hypoglycemia Lantus Lilly Sanofi Source Type: blogs

Hors d'oeuvres Suitable for the Super Bowl
I've never been a big sports fan, in part, because the ticket prices to attend virtually any professional sporting event is beyond ridiculous.  I remember attending my first professional baseball game with my Dad at Fenway Park when I was a kid.  That event remains one of the most memorable events I spent with my father when I was growing up.  But the prices to attend games like that are now simply out-of-reach for many families, and a lot has to do with the salaries for players, although the leagues can afford that with the costly TV broadcasting rights deals they sign for the games.  I...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 31, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2014 Appetizers Crudite Hors d ' oeuvres Super Bowl Source Type: blogs

Hors d'oeuvres Suitable for the Super Bowl
I've never been a big sports fan, in part, because the ticket prices to attend virtually any professional sporting event is beyond ridiculous.  I remember attending my first professional baseball game with my Dad at Fenway Park when I was a kid.  That event remains one of the most memorable events I spent with my father when I was growing up.  But the prices to attend games like that are now simply out-of-reach for many families, and a lot has to do with the salaries for players, although the leagues can afford that with the costly TV broadcasting rights deals they sign for the games.  Its little wonder...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 31, 2014 Category: Diabetes Tags: 2014 Appetizers Crudite Hors d ' oeuvres Super Bowl Source Type: blogs

Recent FDA Moves Suggests Agency Is Again Taking Its Role of " Protecting Public Health " Seriously
As a patient with type 1 diabetes, I have found myself at odds with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a number of things the agency has done in recent years (actually since the 1980s), and perhaps even more so in recent years.  In fact, I once joked (only halfheartedly) that the acronym " FDA " stood for Fatal Drug Administration.  Indeed, for a number of years (under the leadership of chief Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach especially, he pushed for FDA to serve what he called its " clients " , meaning the companies that the FDA regulates, rather than protecting public safety). &...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 28, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2014 Antibiotics Crisco FDA Trans Fats Source Type: blogs

Recent FDA Moves Suggests Agency Is Again Taking Its Role of "Protecting Public Health" Seriously
As a patient with type 1 diabetes, I have found myself at odds with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a number of things the agency has done in recent years (actually since the 1980s), and perhaps even more so in recent years.  In fact, I once joked (only halfheartedly) that the acronym "FDA" stood for Fatal Drug Administration.  Indeed, for a number of years (under the leadership of chief Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach especially, he pushed for FDA to serve what he called its "clients", meaning the companies that the FDA regulates, rather than protecting public safety).  Staff in...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 28, 2014 Category: Diabetes Tags: 2014 Antibiotics Crisco FDA Trans Fats Source Type: blogs

Little-Noticed Diabetes Care Developments of 2013
As we approach the new year (2014!), although I haven't blogged as much as I did a number of years ago, there were a few things which, in my opinion, deserve acknowledgement as they relate to diabetes care.  One of the biggest (perhaps), yet less acknowledged, developments was mergers and acquisitions in the diabetes care space.  Although I follow this stuff, sometimes even I lose track of who acquired who and what their new names are (when they change the name of the company).Bristol Myers Squibb: In Again, Out Again (... Of Diabetes Care, That Is).  Novo's Danish Delusions.My readers may recall that last y...
Source: Scott's Web Log - January 1, 2014 Category: Diabetes Tags: 2013 2014 Annual Review AstraZeneca Bristol Myers Squibb CanAm FDA JDRF Lilly Medtronic NIDDK NIH Nipro Novo Nordisk Teva Wal-Mart Source Type: blogs

On World Diabetes Day, A Tribute to Mary Hunt
The diabetes community lost another member recently.  I knew her as Mary Hunt, and she died at age 66.  She had been hospitalized for illness recently, so her passing was not a complete surprise to her family, but its always sad when we lose someone of any age.  Her husband Dave shared the news via email the other day.  In many ways, Mary was one of the developers of today's Diabetes Online Community.  She helped start the Diabetics International Foundation [http://members.tripod.com/diabetics_world/], which worked tirelessly for the many patients who suffered hypoglycemia unawareness attributed to...
Source: Scott's Web Log - November 14, 2013 Category: Diabetes Tags: 2013 Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust Mary Hunt Mary Sebastian-Hunt Source Type: blogs

On World Diabetes, A Tribute to Mary Hunt
The diabetes community lost another member recently.  I knew her as Mary Hunt, and she died at age 66.  She had been hospitalized for illness recently, so her passing was not a complete surprise to her family, but its always sad when we lose someone of any age.  Her husband Dave shared the news via email the other day.  In many ways, Mary was one of the developers of today's Diabetes Online Community.  She helped start the Diabetics International Foundation [http://members.tripod.com/diabetics_world/], which worked tirelessly for the many patients who suffered hypoglycemia unawareness attributed to...
Source: Scott's Web Log - November 14, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Scott S Source Type: blogs

Should Have Known Better ...
One would think I should have learned my lessons over the years in maneuvering through the byzantine world of American healthcare delivery (trust me, its not a SYSTEM, folks, but a world where every party involved tries to skip a little extra profit off the ridiculously high premiums Americans already pay), but I routinely find out that's not the case.Over the years, I have shared stories of how I had like 4 different healthcare plans over the past six years yet have been with my employer for the past fifteen, and it wasn't because I switched plans in open enrollment because the only choice I had was to be covered or not. ...
Source: Scott's Web Log - November 8, 2013 Category: Diabetes Tags: 2013 co-pays Dexcom Lisinopril OptumRx United Healthcare Source Type: blogs

Americans and The Affordable Care Act
Discussions about the cost have generally ignored this not so little fact; many people can now buy insurance who were discriminated against in the past, a major, major factor in the reasons why rates for many were so low in the past.  Now, if you have diabetes, you CAN buy healthcare insurance, whereas in the past, you were out of luck.  Is that how free markets are supposed to work?Indeed, several states including California, Colorado and Connecticut which are running their own exchanges have reported significant interest.  Connecticut, for example, reported that the number of of people looking into healthc...
Source: Scott's Web Log - October 7, 2013 Category: Diabetes Tags: healthcare plans healthcare reform universal healthcare 2013 Obamacare Source Type: blogs

No D-Day Blog Post 2013
My friend George Simmons (a.k.a. Ninjabetic) created No D-Day a while back and I've done most if not all of them, plus its probably one of my favorite meme-themed posts because its supposed to have nothing to do with diabetes, even though I probably have plenty to discuss on that today, too (for example, I've been a Dexcom user since early this year, but I'm not allowed to talk about that in today's post, so I'll zip it on that topic for now).My friends who know me know that in a addition to being a retro pop culture junkie (hence my other blog, hgm.sstrumello.com, I'm something of a culture vulture, too.  I go to the...
Source: Scott's Web Log - October 2, 2013 Category: Diabetes Tags: No D-Blog Day 2013 Source Type: blogs

No D-Day Blog Post 3013
My friend George Simmons (a.k.a. Ninjabetic) created No D-Day a while back and I've done most if not all of them, plus its probably one of my favorite meme-themed posts because its supposed to have nothing to do with diabetes, even though I probably have plenty to discuss on that today, too (for example, I've been a Dexcom user since early this year, but I'm not allowed to talk about that in today's post, so I'll zip it on that topic for now).My friends who know me know that in a addition to being a retro pop culture junkie (hence my other blog, hgm.sstrumello.com, I'm something of a culture vulture, too.  I go to the...
Source: Scott's Web Log - October 1, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Scott S Source Type: blogs

Stripping Safely and What Medicare Has to Do With It
At this point, I won't try to repeat what others in the community have already said about the "Strip Safely" [http://www.stripsafely.com/] campaign other than to reiterate some of what I think are their key points, as I have a few points I think are worth noting.  The folks at diaTribe have a very well-written summary of what's at stake (see HERE).  Also, my friend Riva Greenberg discussed the recent move by Medicare in her Huffington Post column (see http://huff.to/13avkif for details).Let me take a step back and give you some relevant background which is important for my readers to understand the issu...
Source: Scott's Web Log - August 21, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Scott S Source Type: blogs

On RSS Readers, Divorce and Marriage
In just a few days, Google Reader will be history.  I've used it to create over 18,000 Tweets, so yes, I will miss Google Reader.  The end has pushed me into a divorce (or maybe it's just a separation?!) — from Google.  I describe my Google divorce as kind of like when a married couple with children decide to separate … they still have to see their exes for the sake of the kids (and I still have my blogs with Google's Blogger, for now anyway), and it may be a cordial, but not quite blissful separation, but is still necessary.A number of my fellow diabetes blogging peers have already migrated fro...
Source: Scott's Web Log - June 28, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Scott S Source Type: blogs

Coming Soon: Ever-More-Concentrated Varieties of Insulin. Buyers Beware!
Recently, Lilly held what it called its second diabetes social media summit, although in truth, the company did not fly anyone into Indianapolis for the first summit, so in reality, this was the company's first.  I was not invited, which frankly doesn't surprise me, because I've been critical of the company and I honestly think they're terrified of me - seriously, they were looking for people who wouldn't challenge them on much (like their decision to outsource some insulin manufacturing away from its own plant in Indianapolis to Hospira in McPherson, Kansas only to bring it back in-house this year), and that's probab...
Source: Scott's Web Log - June 24, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Scott S Source Type: blogs

ALL People With Diabetes Should Write to Their Senators About Signing the Casey-Burr Letter Today!
Today, I got an email from JDRF about asking me to contact my Senators to sign onto the so-called Casey-Burr letter to maintain a strong commitment to medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), who, incidentally, happen to be working on a nice, bi-partisan initiative (something we don't see very much of these days in U.S. Congress) asking fellow Senators to sign their letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee supporting funding for NIH in fiscal year (FY) 2013.  The letter requests that the Senate Appropriations Committee maintain a...
Source: Scott's Web Log - April 19, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Scott S Source Type: blogs