In part 6, the conclusion, 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 the collection and distribution process of Insulin for Life and ways people can help.
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: I would think that the UN would be a place, possibly, that can provide some help in financing. It’s a national and world organization.
Howard Steinberg: There’s all kinds of organizations. The important thing is we’re not waiting for a third party organization to help us. We’re doing it and it’s people helping people. And the HCPs, retailers, etc. can be great facilitators in helping people help people, and we can stay out of the politics of insulin pricing, we can stay out of the politics of governments and black markets and just do our best to get stuff done.
Steve Freed: What has been the response from the manufacturers? That it’s too political? It’s too difficult? There’s too many legal issues?
Henry Anhalt: Again, I don’t want to suggest that the insulin manufacturers wouldn’t want to support it. And we make, each day, headway into dealing with this challenge but again we live in a society that’s fraught with regulatory concerns and legal concerns and, I might add, that as a non-profit 501(c)3 we also have a license to be able to legally do this. I just wish that we could call up company X and get 10 pallets of insulin delivered to us. We’re making a plea for that to happen but as it stands now we’re still facing significant issues.
Steve Freed: What about expired insulin?
Henry Anhalt: Expired insulin we cannot, for obvious reasons, legally as well as this patient safety, cannot take [expired] insulin. But near expired, 3 months or more, when it comes to strips, a year or more, is something we would take… glucagon emergency kits 3 months or more, etc.
Steve Freed: So three months you have to get it in their hands, pretty rapidly, so is that all calculated?
Howard Steinberg: We’ve got a pretty logistical system. Odds and ends come in to the Gainesville, Florida office and then it’s sorted and organized so that shipments go out to exactly to who needs it in the right combination for their needs.
Steve Freed: Are you looking for volunteers?
Henry Anhalt: We are always looking for volunteers. Again, three ways to help out: donate supplies, donate money, or donate your time.
Steve Freed: But you only have one office in Florida for the whole US?
Howard Steinberg: Right but anyone that would be a volunteer, simply an ambassador, to spread the word and help bring attention to the matter and help ensure that others donate their supplies as well as themselves. Whether you’re in an endocrinologist’s office or a retail store, make them aware. And part of that is incumbent on Insulin for Life when we’re going to step up our marketing efforts so that there’s materials and things so that it’s easy to communicate and stay top of mind.