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New Report Shows Record Number of Medicines Currently in Development to Treat Diabetes
Date:5/25/2010

>"Medical advances made over the past several decades have revolutionized how we battle diabetes and its complications. Still, it takes a terrible toll," Johnson added. "This report illustrates the exciting work being pursued by our industry's dedicated researchers on behalf of patients and their families awaiting new treatments and renewed hope."

The report was released at a press conference featuring American TV icon Jerry Mathers, most famed for his role as "The Beaver."  Mathers, who suffers from diabetes, works to encourage prevention and calls on those who have the disease to seek proper treatment. Of the nearly 24 million Americans who have diabetes, an estimated six million don't know they have it. Another three million know but are not being treated and thus risk severe complications.

"As a patient who must cope every day with the effects of diabetes, I understand only too well the value of medicines and lifestyle changes," said Mathers, who is national spokesman for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. Since the launch of PPA in 2005, more than 6.5 million uninsured and financially struggling Americans have found programs that can help them gain access to their medicines, including more than 60,000 in West Virginia.

The new medicines currently in the pipeline, some in early development stages and some awaiting FDA approval, include numerous drugs to treat eye diseases associated with diabetes. New medicines to treat foot ulcers could reduce the need for amputations. Researchers are pushing into new territories that include gene therapy and are working on such treatments as a once-weekly medication similar to a natural hormone critical to blood sugar regulation.

Johnson noted that diabetes not only causes great suffering, but also extracts a heavy economi
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