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[IP] UK Delays Insulin Pump Introduction

  <A HREF="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/459122">UK Delays Insulin Pump
UK Delays Insulin Pump Introduction

LONDON (Reuters Health) Jul 23 - Britain's National Health Service has been 
 given four times the normal period to comply with guidance recommending insulin
pump therapy for type 1 diabetics, it was learned on Wednesday.The National 
Institute for Clinical Excellence published guidance in February recommending 
insulin pump therapy when multiple-dose insulin therapy, including long-acting 
insulin glargine, has failed. It reckoned the annual cost would be around 3.5 
million, assuming that no more than 2% of the 200,000 Britons with type 1 
 diabetes made the switch.Guidance from NICE must normally be introduced within
months. But in a statement on its Web site, the Department of Health said the 
 direction had been extended to 12 months, as it would "not be feasible to train
sufficient healthcare professionals in the use of the insulin pumps within 3 
months".The American medical devices company, Medtronic Minimed, and 
 Switzerland's Disetronic market pumps that can continuously deliver insulin at
controlled rate or give an extra dose when it is needed at meal times.
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