Our researchers are currently working on a wide range of materials on access to insulin. All reports, fact sheets and other materials will be published on this page as they are completed, so please check back often. Or if you’d like us to send you results and other information from the study as it becomes available, sign up to become a member of our ACCISS Network.


World Diabetes Day: Eyes on Insulin

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Biosimilar Insulin Regulatory Profile Report (update) | Fact Sheet
The Biosimilar Insulin Regulatory Profile discusses the regulatory pathways and challenges faced by companies seeking marketing authorisation for insulin biosimilars, particularly in highly-regulated markets such as the European Union (EU) and the United States (US).  It also includes a case study of two manufacturers who sought marketing authorisation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for insulin products.

Access to Insulin: Challenges and Constraints –  Report
The ACCISS Study has completed its first phase of work, which aimed to gain an overall understanding of the insulin market through different profiles. These included profiles on the insulin market, intellectual property, insulin trade, prices, and taxes and tariffs. The main lessons from this work are presented in this report.

factsheet_patentInsulin Patent Profile – Fact Sheet | Report | Article
This profile uses data from various sources, including the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Orange Book and Health Canada, to determine the patent status of analogue and human insulins, and whether patents are a barrier to accessing insulin.

factsheet_tradeInsulin Trade Profile – Fact Sheet | Report | Annexes: 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8
From available trade databases and published literature, this profile maps the global trade of retail insulin and bulk insulin to show importing and exporting countries and their importance in global insulin trade. Countries that import insulin from only one country, making them vulnerable to possible disruptions in supply, are also identified.

Insulin Prices Profile – Fact Sheet | Reportfactsheet_prices
This profile analyses government procurement prices for insulin, patient prices and affordability of insulin in the public and private sectors, and insulin reimbursement prices. A time-series analysis of insulin prices listed in Management Sciences for Health International Drug Price Indicator Guide is also provided.

factsheet_tariffsInsulin Tariffs and Taxes Profile – Fact Sheet | Report
This profile describes import tariffs on retail insulin and bulk insulin over time, and identifies countries that continue to apply high tariff levels. It also identifies countries that apply value-added tax on insulins.

factsheet_marketInsulin Market Profile – Fact Sheet | Report
This profile identifies insulin manufacturers and countries where their products are registered and/or sold,  the inclusion of insulin in national essential medicines lists, insulin product registration data, recent studies on the efficacy and safety of analogue and human insulin, and an estimate of the rate of insulin consumption for people with type 2 diabetes.


BMJ Global Health – Challenges constraining access to insulin in the private sector market of Delhi, India | Article | Appendix

Abhishek Sharma and Warren A Kaplan discussed the challenges faced by those acessing insulin in the private-sector market of Delhi state, India.


ACCISS Lancet Article ImageConstraints and Challenges in Access to Insulin – A Global Perspective | Lancet Article | Lancet Podcast

Based on the ACCISS Study’s initial report (below), this review article in The Lancet highlights the range and complexity of factors that contribute to the global lack of insulin attainment. An interview with lead author, David Beran, is also available.


idfDiabetes Voice June 2016 – Insulin in 2016: Challenges & Constraints to Access | Article

David Beran and his co-authors, examine the challenge and constraints to insulin access today, declaring our need to act on behalf of the 50 million people who require insulin but have difficulties accessing it.

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The World Health Day Panel Event – Videos
Watch the videos from the 2016 World Health Day Panel : Access to Insulin in the Spotlight.  Videos include a summary video which reflects the main topics addressed during the two-hour long panel, an overview by David Beran of the findings of the ACCISS Study in year one, and comments from each of the panellist

The Price of Insulin – Infographics
Download and share some of the few key findings from the first year of  the ACCISS Study.

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