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Advocates, 150 Children With Type 1 Diabetes Urge FDA to Enable Critical Research on Life-Saving Artificial Pancreas to Move Forward
Date:6/22/2011

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kevin Kline and four children with type 1 diabetes urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take immediate action to accelerate the research and review of artificial pancreas systems at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. The hearing, "Transforming Lives through Diabetes Research," was part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) 2011 Children's Congress, a biennial, three-day event aimed to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes and the importance of Congressional leadership to help accelerate research to cure, treat and prevent the disease.

"The testimonies given today served as a call to action for Members of Congress to continue their support for type 1 research funding and ensure agencies like FDA are doing their part to speed the review and approval of safe and effective therapies and treatments like the artificial pancreas that will help to lessen, and ultimately eliminate the burden of type 1 diabetes," said Jeffrey Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF.

The hearing came on the heels of a recent announcement from FDA, releasing draft guidance on "Low Glucose Suspend" systems, which reduce the risk of low blood sugar, for public comment. The announcement was a long-overdue, but important first step towards the future availability of the artificial pancreas, as the 3 million people living with type 1 diabetes are in desperate need for better tools to manage the disease and prevent its life-threatening complications.

"I know FDA has made the artificial pancreas a priority, and I commend the agency for that. But there is more the FDA needs to do," said Kevin Kline, Celebrity Advocate Co-Chairman, JDRF.  "Many of these children here today are wearing the components of an artificial pancreas – insulin pumps that deliver insulin and continuous glucose monitors which give sugar readouts every few minutes.  The ch
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