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[IP] FDA Approves Combination Diabetes Device

 >FDA Approves Combination Diabetes Device
 >By Lisa Richwine
 >WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Monday approved a new diabetes
 >device that combines an insulin pump with a glucose monitor, which should
 >help users to receive proper doses of insulin.
 >The device pairs Medtronic Inc.'s Paradigm insulin pump with a glucose
 >monitor, which measures blood sugar levels, made by Becton Dickinson and Co.
 >and facilitates data exchange between the two, the Food and Drug
 >Administration (news - web sites) said in a statement.
 >"The new device could be the first step in the development of a fully
 >automated glucose monitoring and insulin delivery system," the FDA statement
 >"Since the glucose meter calculates and transmits information to the insulin
 >pump automatically, it prevents the errors that sometimes can result when
 >patients input this data manually," the agency added.
 >"Clearly it's a step forward toward a more automated external insulin pump,"
 >said Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Keay Nakae, adding that the
 >combination device is the first of its kind.
 >The companies in a joint announcement said the system helps remove the
 >guesswork from insulin dosing by using wireless (news - web sites)
 >technology to send a patient's blood sugar reading to the insulin pump.
 >The pump then calculates the patient's proper insulin dose, taking into
 >account a number of variables, including previous doses that may still be
 >active in the body.
 >Ultimately, Medtronic said it hopes the new technology will bring the
 >company closer to developing an artificial pancreas, a closed-loop system
 >that automatically monitors a patient's blood sugar levels and adjusts the
 >patient's insulin accordingly.
 >Medtronic spokeswoman Deanne McLaughlin said that device is about four years
 >More than 200,000 people use insulin pumps in the United States to control
 >blood sugar levels. The pager-sized devices replace daily insulin shots,
 >allowing patients to receive insulin doses on a programmed basis.
 >McLaughlin said the company will start taking orders for the combination
 >device immediately and will begin shipping the week of July 21.
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