Editorial: People die while the FDA dithers on generic insulin

Modern Healthcare

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In 1921, University of Toronto scientists discovered insulin, the pancreas-produced hormone that breaks down sugar in the blood. They quickly purified it, injected it into children dying from Type 1 diabetes, and were hailed as the first great miracle-makers of modern medicine.

There have been many improvements to animal-derived insulin over the years. In 1982, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first DNA-based human insulin.