For the sake of my own sanity, I sure hope so.
Unfortunately, Dr. Faustman's research is in need of funding to finish the Phase 2 trials. They only have funding for one year of the trials, which isn't enough for the FDA. Because the drug she's using is generic, there's no reason for any pharmaceutical company to fund her - no patent = no way to squeeze every last dollar out of the pockets of the Type 1 community in exchange for an expensive 'cure'. Hence, she's having to rely on donations, which isn't the most steady source of income. The JDRF has repeatedly refused to fund her research, instead funneling money to the developers of the 'artificial pancreas' (read: something pharmaceutical companies can charge diabetics and their insurers for wads 'o cash until they die).
I also think there wont b any cure for it...but still on positive note u neva know....
This discussion has become most fascinating and informative. As many of you already know, I am a perpetual optimist and donate blood yearly to the Faustman Lab. So I will reiterate my previous answers.. Of course, YES;and in my already 57-years-old lifetime. Yes the "cure"r will have to be complex and individualized as the autoimmune attack is complex and individualized..but it can be accomplished.
I agree that Dr. Faustman and other researchers desperately need funding for a cure NOW..Could millionaire ( or close to those type of $$$)type ones with a high-profile ( ex:Jay Cutler, Noah Jonas,Brett Michaels ) be motivated through a letter -writing campaign to contribute to her research? Just a thought . It would do wonders for the cause and shed nothing but positive light on the Tyoe One Celebs.. They get more requests for ad endorsements and more money, too.
Have a great day, all!!
I vote "no" for the money reason others above have mentioned. I've heard the same said about cancer research however there are some cancers which do seem to be cured so maybe that's wrong.
Is money for pumps, strips etc. still an issue? Certainly there are enough T2s now to cover all that. Surely all this research will pay off. I hope!
Yes... I believe there is already a cure, or there will be a cure soon, but insurance and pharma companies will never let it see the light of day because they make too much money off of drugs for people who need continual treatment.
That is a scary thought - and at the same time, almost a typical human story...we can conquer disease, but we can't conquer our greed...
We can only hope that that is not the case - and, of course, always continue asking for questions on how the search for a cure is going. As noted, the diabetes patients are largely alone on this - the higher-ups are looking at the money. It really has to be us to continue advocating and demanding for a cure.
in 1970 a bottle of insulin was $4 ( about what an average persons hourly wage was) today insulin that is made synthetically and is much safer because of less risk from animal contamination (this means that drug companies insurance cost is lower) and should mean lower cost to produce is now $150 ( a 8 hour days wage at 18.75 per hour...) you better believe drug companies have everything to loose if there is a cure.. and test strips at $1 each... gouge...!!!!!
i agree, the amount of money ive spent in my life time is enough to get a house, there is no way prescription companies would alow the FDA to approve a drug that cures diabetes, its a life long paycheque.
I believe the organizations that make money off us would rather not see a way out for us but I don't know if they have the ability to stop progress. Most people with diabetes do have insurance so the insurance companies are paying the majority of the money for supplies so you'd think they'd be for a cure or better treatment. Think about it, if most people had to pay out of pocket for their supplies the first thing people would give up if they can't afford is test strips. You can live without testing but you can't live without insulin. I buy my insulin in Canada for a 1/3rd of the cost here in the US. I think a non invasive meter is very realistic and not to far away from reality and if just one of them breaks the stick business will be gone. The main reason diabetes is so profitable is because so many people have it and at least type 1's have it the majority of their lives. If a cure was found for type 1's the type 2's would still keep big pharma more then happy. If I found out that a cure was realized but it is shelved due to loss of profit I would literally buy a machine gun and kill whomever was behind it. You'd see it on prime time news, trust me.