[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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