In part 4 of this Exclusive Interview, Henry Anhalt and Howard Steinberg talk with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California, about how physicians can help and how supplies get to those in need.
Henry Anhalt is a pediatric endocrinologist and board member for Insulin for Life. Entrepreneur and dLife Founder Howard Steinberg is also a board member on Insulin for Life.
Transcript of this video segment:
Steve Freed: So if a physician, and it could be a big source as you are aware, has 10 vials of insulin in his refrigerator and it’s got 3 to 6 months dating on it and the rep is going to be in his office a week from Thursday, he can actually pack that up and send it to you. Can he send one bottle? One syringe? There’s got to be some kind of number that makes it worth everybody’s time.
Henry Anhalt: Yes, I think it’s really an issue around common sense. So if a practitioner knows that he has a large collection of samples, and I wouldn’t put a minimum or maximum, clearly the shipping costs have to be considered and so, by scale, if you can put more stuff in a box, it’s preferred obviously then. But at the end of the day, what we really need are those supplies. We have recently received a very large donation of syringes themselves, but there’s still a tremendous lack of insulin, near expired insulin, glucagon, ketone strips, etc. So we’ll take whatever we can and if anybody has any questions there are two ways to get more information. One is to go on the website. There clear instructions on what the procedure is to get those supplies to us, or they can call our office and speak with primarily Carol or somebody else on the staff and we would be glad to guide health care practitioners, Pharma, or individuals on how to donate those samples to us.
Howard Steinberg: IFL-USA.org
Steve Freed: What does the IFL stand for?
Howard Steinberg: Insulin for Life. I hope that [website name] is running on the bottom of the screen. (Laughs) Everything you need to know is on that website.
Steve Freed: How big is your organization?
Henry Anhalt: In terms of number of employees…?
Steve Freed: Number of people working on this.
Henry Anhalt: It’s a really small number. I don’t know exactly how many people are volunteers vs. those that are salaried but I would like to venture to say it’s less than 10, probably less than 7 or 8 but I don’t know that exact number, I can get back to you.
Steve Freed: So you haven’t given up your practice to do this?
Howard Steinberg: We’re board members and we contribute time and yes there’s a handful of people, a whole bunch of volunteers, but an important number here are the almost 8,000 humans in 12 different countries whose lives we affected last year, by delivering supplies to those almost 8,000 people in 12 countries.
Henry Anhalt: And just to add to what Howard is saying, so that people understand that there’s a vetting process around how those supplies get to patients. We don’t send them directly to the patients. We send them to HCPs that we vetted, that we have evaluated to ensure that those HCPs in the different countries that we supply, that they ensure that the supplies actually get into the patient’s’ hands because we talked about what happens in countries, in developing countries, where insulin is scarce. People are selling insulin on the black market, if you will, to patients, to the highest bidder, and that’s not what we as an organization stand by. We stand by getting it to the right people, the right time, to get it to the right patients who need it.