Dr. Steve Edelman's letter opposing AB1893

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  • 1. 1 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO UCSD BERKELEY • DAVIS • IRVINE • LOS ANGELES • MERCED • RIVERSIDE • SAN DIEGO • SAN FRANCISCO SANTA BARBARA • SANTA CRUZ SCHOOL OF MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE 3350 LA JOLLA VILLAGE DRIVE (11G) SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA92161 The Honorable Richard Pan Chairman, Assembly Committee on Health State Capitol, Room 6005 P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 95249-0009 RE: AB 1893 Oppose Dear Chairman Pan: I am the founder and director of a large not for profit organization called Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (www.tcoyd.org) dedicated to educating and motivating people with diabetes and their loved ones to live long and healthy lives with diabetes. We promote our mission by putting on large educational events around the country including Sacramento. I am an endocrinologist at UCSD and Veterans Affairs Medical Center as well as a person diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1970 at the age of 15. I want to send you a brief but strong message about AB 1893. The bill as written is very inappropriate, misguided and being pushed by people with secondary gain. Although there is no good data about people with diabetes using needles for insulin injections and how they dispose of them, I can tell you the vast majority of people with diabetes my not for profit and medical practice comes into contact with know about proper needle disposal using sharps containers and hard plastic jars such as empty vitamin containers and bleach bottles. In San Diego alone there are many locations set up around the county for disposal of these containers.
  • 2. 2 There is absolutely no justification for a patient mandate to purchase a sharps container each time a needle, syringe or lancet purchase occurs in California. The availability of free and inexpensive sharps disposal tools along with education is what is needed. If passed in its present form AB 1893 would cause havoc and hardship for all involved except for the people and companies who stand to achieve financial gain. I urge you to closely look at the issue of needle disposal carefully in order to devise a fair and balanced plan. Via the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes program and other events, I and my team are happy to continue our work disseminating educational messages about all forms of diabetes care including proper sharps disposal to the thousands of people with diabetes we contact every year. Sincerely, Steven Edelman MD Professor of Medicine University of California San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center 3350 La Jolla Village Drive (111G) San Diego California 92161 Office: (858) 552-8585 Fax: (858) 642-6242