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Re: [IP] FDA Approves Combination Diabetes Device

Which would be great if Mini Med knew anything about it.  I just called them
and they have no idea when it will be release or how much it will be to
upgrade to it.


> YAHOO ..... Man will that t make life easier for me
>   Bonne' Cowger-Roszel.
> Sam Skopp <email @ redacted> wrote:
> >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
> >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
> >said.
> >
> >"Since the glucose meter calculates and transmits information to the
> >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
> >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
> >patient's insulin accordingly.
> >
> >Medtronic spokeswoman Deanne McLaughlin said that device is about four
> >away.
> >
> >More than 200,000 people use insulin pumps in the United States to
> >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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