When diabetes nonprofits accept donations from pharmaceutical corporations, it creates a conflict of interest between their funders and people who are struggling to afford insulin—the people they claim to represent. Inevitably, these nonprofits end up putting pharma’s interests ahead of people with diabetes.
At the same time, pharmaceutical corporations use their donations and “sponsor” statuses as public relations stunts to prove that they aren’t bad actors. By accepting pharma money, nonprofits are endorsing their actions. If questioned by regulators, pharmaceutical companies can deflect with their approval from these nonprofits.
By not accepting money from pharmaceutical corporations, nonprofits can be objective when talking about insulin pricing, which has caused 50% of insulin dependent people to ration insulin. Not taking this money is an acknowledgement of the greater needs of the community over immediate financial gain.
Signers of the No Pharma Pledge have agreed to never accept pharmaceutical corporation money. We stand together against the exploitation of people with diabetes and for accessible insulin for everyone.
Beta Cell Foundation
We fund and foster grassroots projects developed by individuals living with type 1 diabetes to educate, empower, and unite our community.
Bolus Maximus is a grass-roots movement building towards a better future for all those living with diabetes. Our focus is on underserved and underrepresented members of the diabetes community. Hosting weekly Zoom calls – we provide a safe space to support, educate, and motivate each other. Reaching hundreds of people in the last two years! All new programs starting 2022. Join us!
Mutual Aid Diabetes
We are a community based resource hub for diabetics of all types. 100% volunteer run. We do not utilize means testing: anyone who requests help with diabetes related costs is eligible to receive it.
T1International is a global type 1 diabetes advocacy organization led by people with type 1 diabetes for people with type 1 diabetes. T1International believes in a world where everyone with type 1 diabetes – no matter where they live – has everything they need to survive and achieve their dreams. The organization accepts no funding from pharmaceutical companies and provides advocacy training and support to advocates. In 2014 T1International launched the #insulin4all campaign, which has grown into a global movement.