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Re: [IP] Lack of pump - glucose sensor link

So your saying it is to be implanted permanently(for a few years anyways)!  

Summer (dx'd 1986 at age 4)
Pumping Nov.12/02 - Blue Paradigm

----- Original Message -----
From: Michael <email @ redacted>
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2003 8:14 pm
Subject: Re: [IP] Lack of pump - glucose sensor link

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> > Tom,
> > 
> > Your right, the next big break through in diabetes treatment might
> > well be a loop-back mechanism between a pump and a glucose sensor.
> > But, you are wrong when you say NO COMPANY is trying to link them.
> > Every major insulin pump company and several of the glucose meter
> > companies have been working on this technology for years.
> > 
> > If the technology were available, we would already have it. It is
> > much harder to do than you might expect.  Not to mention FDA's
> > reaction to something that critical.
> > 
> > We'll most likely see it someday but don't hold your breath waiting
> > for it.
> >
> The projection for this technology is "very soon". Both D and MM 
> have demonstrated feasibility with both human and animal trials. I 
> don't know the status of the Animas project, but the sensor 
> technology looks good to me so I would have to assume that they 
> are 
> neck and neck in the race.. The problems involved are figuring out 
> how to place the sensor --- it can NOT be subcutaneous, but must 
> be 
> inside the body somewhere perhaps even in the vena cava. The life 
> of 
> the sensor -- must be years, not months or days. Connecting the 
> implanted sensor to the pump -- either an internal pump or 
> telemetry 
> to an external pump, etc....  None of these tasks are ultimately 
> undoable, but they are daunting when they all must be done in and 
> to 
> a living organism (one of us) and last for several years at a time 
> with a soft failure when they stop working.
> Michael
> email @ redacted
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