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[IP] FDA Panel Says Yes to Expanded CGM Use



Good news from the FDA as reported by MedPage Today:


http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Type1Diabetes/59254?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-07-22&eun=g948793d0r&pos=2

8-2 vote backs continuous glucose monitor to replace finger sticks!

Thank you to all who wrote to the FDA and/or signed the diaTribe letter.

Two interesting comments from the article:

 1. One pointed out that the expanded indication could "pave the way" for
Medicare to cover CGM devices.

 2. Another said that approval of the pre-market application could "pave the
way" for Medicare coverage of CGM devices, since Medicare currently doesn't
cover the device -- by far a bigger complaint among diabetics than the lack of
FDA approval.

 This is all good. It is way past time, more than 10 years, for the bureaucrats
at CMS to allow Medicare to cover CGM devices when MEDICALLY REASONABLE AND
NECESSARY. CGM is NOT PRECAUTIONARY; CGM SAVES LIVES AND MONEY!

Jerry Smith
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