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[IP] Diasensor: a scam?



To all interested,

_Diabetes Interview_'s December issue has quite a lengthy and detailed 
article entitled "Nothing to show for it" about the much-heralded
Diasensor machine that was supposed to be able to provide accurate BG
results without involving getting a drop of blood. The company that was
developing it, Biocontrol Technology, Inc., of Indiana, PA, did not
receive FDA approval for it. Although the company's CEO, Patrick Cooper,
kept announcing that the gizmo was ready for production, tests confirmed
that the Biosensor was no better than random chance at measuring BG
levels. There is now a class action suit against the corporation in the US
District Court in Pittsburgh charging the company with deliberately
falsifying evidence presented to the FDA. Mr. Cooper and his cohorts at
the top of the company were remunerated rather fabulously (ca $800,000 or
up for the years 1994 and on) for a company that has yet to produce a
gadget that can even come close to adquately measuring BG. 

Some scientists doubt that a through-the-skin sensor to accurately assay
BG level will ever be developed. It's difficult to make a machine that
can sort out all the various "stuff" that circulates in blood, isolate
one, and precisely measure it without getting a sample that can be put on
something that will react with a specific substance, as today's BG meters
do. 

_Diabetes Interview_ has had other articles on the no-stickum BG meter in
previous issues. One man reported that he had spent his diabetic son's
college savings fund to buy stock in one of the companies! This strikes me
as really tragic. Is pricking one's finger with a tiny needle really all
that difficult? 

Buzz
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