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[IP] Pumps For Kids(TM)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc., 
one of the world's leading suppliers of insulin pumps for the treatment of 
diabetes, announced today the formation of a new children's foundation called 
Pumps For Kids(TM). The mission of Pumps For Kids is to provide insulin pumps 
and supplies to children with diabetes who could benefit from pump therapy 
but whose families cannot afford the cost.

Intensive insulin pump therapy, which is an alternative to conventional 
injection therapy, has been shown to improve the quality of life and reduce 
long-term complications for people with type 1 diabetes. Insulin pump therapy 
is especially effective for children because it is so convenient and allows 
kids to lead more normal lives. The average insulin pump costs about $5,000. 
Added to that are annual costs of about $1,250 for pump supplies, $1,000 for 
blood glucose test strips and $1,000 for insulin. It is because of these 
costs that Disetronic identified the need for a non-profit foundation.

Pumps For Kids will have a first year goal of awarding 25 Disetronic insulin 
pumps and supplies to children across the United States. Initially, 
applications for awarding pumps will be distributed to doctors around the 
country, who will have the opportunity to nominate kids with the requisite 
medical and financial need.

``This is a great opportunity for Disetronic and our partners to start giving 
back to our local communities all over the country,'' said Patrik De Haes, 
MD, President and CEO of Disetronic. ``It is our sincere hope that Pumps For 
Kids will grow each year and become a significant foundation within the 
diabetes community.''

In addition to De Haes, other board members include: Steve Ponder, MD, 
Director, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Driscoll 
Children's Hospital; Jeff Hitchcock, parent of a child with diabetes and 
currently President of Diabetes123.com and ChildrenWithDiabetes.com; Michael 
Robinton, parent of a child with diabetes and Executive Director of Insulin 
Pumpers; Georgeanna Klingensmith, MD, The Barbara Davis Center-Pediatrics; 
Leslie Plotnick, MD, Johns Hopkins Children's Center; Cynthia Pasquarello, 
BSN, RN, CDE, Joslin Center for Diabetes-Pediatric Unit and Barb Schreiner, 
RN, MN, CDE, Texas Children's Hospital. Other board members will be added as 
the foundation grows.

Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Swiss 
company Disetronic Holding, AG, one of the world's leading suppliers of 
insulin pumps and related supplies for the treatment of diabetes. For more 
information about Pumps For Kids call Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. at 

SOURCE: Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. 
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