Legislative and Legal News from 2001
- Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (S.1789) encourages drug companies to test their products for use by children. (23 December 2001)
- Help North Carolina State Senator Patrick Ballantine pass legislation to prevent discrimination against children with diabetes in schools in North Carolina. (16 December 2001)
- FDA Panel Reviews Alternate Site Blood Glucose Monitoring. (4 November 2001)
- JDRF's "Promise to Remember Me Campaign 2001-2002" Kicks Off. (4 November 2001)
- FDA Panel to Review Alternate Site Blood Glucose Monitoring. (28 October 2001)
- Oregon establishes a statewide pediatric diabetes tracking system. (21 October 2001)
- Suppliers of a popular tonic drink have withdrawn all medical claims for it - including it being a possible cure for cancer and diabetes - after intervention by the Hong Kong Consumer Council and the Health Department. (21 October 2001)
- Indiana passed a new law effective July 1, 2001 which requires that school's must allow a student with an acute or chronic disease or medical condition to possess and self-administer medication that must be administered on an emergency basis while the student is on school grounds or off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event if the student's parent files an annual authorization that includes a written statement from the student's physician for the student to self-administer the medication. For details of this new law, see Student Discipline, Child Protection, and Health and Safety and Indiana Code 20-8.1-5.1-7.5. (14 October 2001)
- We have information about Flying With Diabetes Supplies. (30 September 2001)
- The Canadian Diabetes Association and the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) are advising people with diabetes to obtain a letter from their doctor prior to air travel. Americans traveling within the US are highly encouraged to do the same. (23 September 2001)
- Diabetics, organ-recovery groups face air security hurdle. (23 September 2001)
- Judge who is convinced that soft drinks and candy bars caused his type 2 diabetes sues Coca-Cola. (23 September 2001)
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada Supports US Federal Funding For Embryonic Stem Cell Research. (19 August 2001)
- Negotiations to start on licensing of embryonic stem cell lines for federally funded research. (19 August 2001)
- Deputies Sue Diabetic Driver They Beat After Traffic Stop. (19 August 2001)
- Looking for a way to make a difference? Get out and walk to raise money for diabetes research and care. Check out the Walk to Cure Diabetes by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the America's Walk for Diabetes by the American Diabetes Association. (12 August 2001)
- Diabetics are being treated as second-class citizens by the insurance industry, says a charity that represents them. (12 August 2001)
- Boy carries fight against diabetes on his back to Congress. (29 July 2001)
- The National Institutes of Health issued its report on stem cell research, entitled "Stem Cells: Scientific Progress and Future Research Directions." CNN reported on opposition to stem cell research. (22 July 2001)
- The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation urges support for stem cell reseach funding. (15 July 2001)
- JDRF held its Children's Congress in Washington, D.C. last week, urging Congress to increase funding for research into a cure for diabetes. (1 July 2001)
- In case you missed the hearings at the JDRF Children's Congress, you can watch them via RealVideo from C-SPAN. The entire hearing runs about three hours. (1 July 2001)
- The JDRF launched their new web site. (1 July 2001)
- The JDRF Children's Congress will be held in Washington, D.C. from June 24 to 27 to urge lawmakers to increase funding for diabetes research. Many local papers featured stories about kids going to the Congress, including:
- Kids fight for diabetes cure.
- Local children to be part of special lobbying effort for diabetes research.
- Children coping with diabetes.
- Washington trip sweet for diabetes delegate.
- Illinois goes to Washington.
- Brothers off to D.C. to promote diabetes research.
- Local family joins group seeking more funds for diabetes research.
- Diabetes set to swallow a fifth of Britain's National Health Service budget. (17 June 2001)
- Britain's greatest Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave has launched National Diabetes Week by leading hundreds of walkers around London's Regents Park. (17 June 2001)
- The Insulin-Free World Foundation urges everyone to support the Insulin-Free World Medicare Pancreas Transplantation Coverage Act of 2001 (H.R. 1361). See also the full text of the bill. (10 June 2001)
- "Keep hope alive" argues the case for allowing research on stem cells derived from fertilized eggs. (10 June 2001)
- Texas passes pediatric diabetes research bill. (27 May 2001)
- Rhode Island kicks off program for collection of syringes. (20 May 2001)
- South Carolina bill would stop schools from endangering health of diabetics. (13 May 2001)
- Bill requiring diabetes coverage offered anew for Ohio residents. (13 May 2001)
- 13-Year-Old To Appeal To Congress For More Funds For Diabetes Research. (13 May 2001)
- The South Carolina House of Representatives introduced the "Diabetes School Care Act". This bill deserves your support. (22 April 2001)
- The Oklahoma Senate will be voting on the Diabetes School Care Act. This bill deserves your support. (22 April 2001)
- JDRF urges action on stem cell research. (15 Apr 2001)
- A Bush ban would dash hopes for young woman with diabetes. (15 Apr 2001)
- Seattle Schools End Segregation Attempt Against Children with Diabetes; Schools Agrees to Pay Damages to Parents.
- Sen. Gramm proposes $77 million diabetes plan. (1 Apr 2001)
- A hearing about proposed legislation to authorize self-monitoring and treatment of students with diabetes in Massachusetts will be held on Tuesday, March 27th at 1:00 p.m. in Room B-2 of the State House. (25 March 2001)
- JDRF Volunteer Steven DiPietro and son, Brayton, Before the House Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee. (25 March 2001)
- The US Postal Service unveiled its new diabetes awareness stamp at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston on Friday, March 16. See also the following reports:
- American Diabetes Association Participates in Launch of Nation's First Diabetes Awareness Commemorative Stamp.
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Takes Part in First-Day Ceremony and Makes Research Announcement on Diabetes.
- The Joslin Diabetes Center was the scene for the unveiling of the new diabetes awareness stamp.
- The ADA has its Annual Report from 2000 online. (11 March 2001)
- Class action OKd in suit by diabetics against police. (11 March 2001)
- Legislature changes health insurance regs for Wyoming. (11 March 2001)
- Wyoming Governor Geringer signs "Insurance Coverage for Diabetes Act" (HB 185) into law. (4 March 2001)
- Washington and Oklahoma legislatures have introduced bills related to diabetes care in schools. Both deserve your support. If your state does not have a similar law, you can use these bills as an example. (4 March 2001)
- National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine releases scathing report on the status of health care in the United States and recommends extensive changes. (4 March 2001)
- Canada funds diabetes prevention effort. (4 March 2001)
- US Supreme Court rules that state workers cannot use the Americans with Disabilities Act to sue for discrimination. For the full text of the opinion, see University of Alabama v. Garrett, 99-1240 (PDF) or BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA et al. v. GARRETT et al. (HTML). (25 February 2001)
- Join actor John Ratzenberger (star of the TV series "Cheers,"), Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999, and U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) for the first day of issuance ceremony for the new Diabetes Awareness Stamp, to be held at 11 a.m. on March 16 at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. (25 February 2001)
- Canadian woman is set to launch a lawsuit against the makers of a genetically-engineered insulin. (18 February 2001)
- The American Diabetes Association has helped many families overcome discrimination at school. (11 February 2001)
- Study reports on productivity losses associated with diabetes in the US. (11 February 2001)
- Girl dies from untreated diabetes while parents pray. (11 February 2001)
- Denver Post editorial comments on the death last week of a teenager left untreated by her parents due to their religious beliefs. (11 February 2001)
- Massachusetts Senate Bill 321 would permit students with diabetes to test their blood sugar anywhere at school. It deserves your support. (4 February 2001)
- Aventis and Novo Nordisk sign licence agreement related to Aventis' long-acting insulin analogue Lantus. See also statement from Aventis. (4 February 2001)
- The New York Times reports that a large number of young adults lack health insurance. (4 February 2001)
- Football Aid is a UK charity to raise money to help find a cure for diabetes. (28 January 2001)
- JDRF selects delegates for the 2001 Children's Congress. (14 January 2001)
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