JDRF applauds the Saskatchewan Party for Its Commitment to People with Diabetes

TORONTO, October 25, 2011 – The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) applauds the Saskatchewan party for its commitment to diabetes.

Yesterday, the Saskatchewan Party announced it will increase access to long acting insulin by moving it from Exceptional Drug Status listing to full Formulary listing under the Saskatchewan Drug Plan and that it will expand the Children's Insulin Pump Program to young adults up to 25 years of age instead of its current cut-off at age of 17.

“We welcome this announcement and commend the Saskatchewan Party for taking the necessary steps to help reduce the financial impact on families in Saskatchewan,” says Andrew McKee, President and CEO of JDRF. “There has never been a greater need to cure, treat and prevent diabetes”

Affecting 300,000 Canadians, type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, leaving children and adults dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life.1,2 The number of people living with type 1 diabetes is increasing by three to five per cent annually - the greatest rise being in children aged five to nine years.3

“Diabetes continues to have an impact on millions of Canadians and their families,” says McKee. “Through steps such as these, we are making real progress in improving the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes.”

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to T1D research. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.

For more information, please visit www.jdrf.ca.

For More Information:
Jennifer Dent
National Director, M&C
[email protected]

1 JDRF. Type 1 Fact Sheet accessed March 2011.
2 JDRF. What is Diabetes? accessed March 2011.
3 JDRF , Warning Signs, accessed March 2011.

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