TuDiabetes Live Interview with Bennet Dunlap: D-Advocacy and the FDA


In early January 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration came out with new draft guidance for blood glucose meter performance and their accompanying meters. An FDA guidance document, when finalized, is a summary of the FDA’s current thinking on what information the FDA will look for when deciding whether to give clearance to a manufacturer for its meters and strips. Bennet Dunlap has been advocating passionately for tighter controls on glucose meter accuracy through the website StripSafely.com, and has become a guru of advocacy at the FDA.

Join us to learn from the master himself how we, as people with diabetes, can advocate for our own health and safety with the US organization that regulates the medications and technologies we need to live. It’s important! Come get involved.

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TuDiabetes Live Interview with Bennet Dunlap about Strip Safely


Bennet is a parent of two type 1 diabetic teens and he has pre-type 2 diabetes himself. Initially he had much to learn as managing chronic disease can be difficult and isolating. As time went on he found that good communication leads to better physical and emotional care. The process of moving from scared parent of a chronically ill child to advocate has provided him with knowledge he shares. Today, he blogs about Type 1 diabetes. He writes about raising children to grow to independently manage their diabetes and he works with other advocates to influence the legal and regulatory framework that constrains diabetes care. He was an amateur in health communications. He recently obtained a masters degree in health communications to help a wider population of people living with diabetes as a professional.

In 2012, Bennet developed Drinking With Diabetes, a resource for young adults with Type 1 Diabetes (and members of their support networks!) interested in learning how to drink responsibly:

His latest endeavor is StripSafely (http://StripSafely.com), an advocacy initiative that you have been exposed to through TuDiabetes and other diabetes social media. We are honored to have Bennet join us today to tell us more about this important initiative, where it’s at and where it’s going.

4 ways to engage with StripSafely (do all of them):
1) Via Twitter: http://www.stripsafely.com/the-twitter-page/
2) Via letter: http://www.stripsafely.com/sample-page/
3) Participating in the Strip Safely edition of Diabetes Art Day: http://www.diabetesartday.com/diabetes-art-day-2013/special-edition-strip-safely/
4) Completing and sharing this petition:

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