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[IP] Re: No cure but constant new "toys"

>From diabetesincontrol:

Abbott Receives FDA Clearance for the First Automated Blood Glucose Monitor

MediSense Products, announced on Nov 20th that it has received U.S. Food
and Drug Administration marketing clearance for Sof-Tact(TM), a new
diabetes management system. Sof-Tact is the first automated glucose
monitor to offer lancing, blood collection and glucose testing with a
single press of a button. 

In addition to the convenience of automated testing, the system offers
users an easy and virtually painless method of obtaining blood samples. As
an alternative to the traditional fingerstick sampling method, the device
allows samples to be drawn from less sensitive areas of the body such as
the forearm or upper arm. The device also employs new strip technology,
which requires less blood. 

Sof-Tact provides a fully automated test at the press of a button. The
meter uses a unique vacuum mechanism that holds the skin in place while an
integrated apparatus lances the skin. The blood is automatically
transferred to a low-volume biosensor strip, and a blood glucose test
result is delivered in 20 seconds. 

The Sof-Tact system, which will be called Soft-Sense(TM) in Europe, will
be distributed worldwide through Abbott's international sales and
marketing organizations. The system will be commercialized through
standard retail, mail order and direct-to-consumer channels, including new
e-commerce initiatives. SOURCE: Abbott Laboratories 
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