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Re: RE: [IP] Attention Paradigm users

Thank you for giving this issue some perspective.  I still believe I made the right choice for my son when we chose MM, and not even the opinions of members of this list would make me believe otherwise.

Thanks again,
> From: Ryan Bruner <email @ redacted>
> Date: 2002/11/07 Thu AM 11:35:36 CST
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: RE: [IP] Attention Paradigm users
> I wanted to bring something to the attention of people concerning 
> Paradigm and/or MiniMed concerns...
> I've heard it said that you don't go to the hospital to do research on 
> the health of a nation.  Likewise, listening to the complaints against 
> a pump or pump company among a group such as this isn't the best place 
> to determine a track record.
> Consider numbers.  MiniMed has a significant percentage of the market 
> share...going by the numbers on IP, it has over 70% of the pump market 
> (not sure how reflective that is overall).  Anyhow, let's say that 
> there were 10000 pumpers in the world (chosen as a nice round number).  
> 7000 of them would have pumps through Minimed, versus the 6% (or 600 in 
> this example) on the Animas pump.  Now, let's say that there is an 
> average of 1 complaint out of 10 users.  That means you will here of 
> 700 complaints from MiniMed, versus only 60 from Animas.  So, just 
> based on those numbers, you MIGHT get the impression that MiniMed has 
> more problems...but in reality, it is still just 10%.  (Again, I'm 
> making up numbers here for illustrative purposes.)
> So, on this list, when people post problems with MiniMed and/or 
> Paradigm...remember that there are far more people dealing with them 
> than other pump companies, and so you will hear about more complaints, 
> even though they are not necessarily any more or less reliable/quality.
> Now, I'm not suggesting that those who have experienced poor 
> service/etc. are making it up.  I truly believe they had a bad 
> experience.  Yet, that doesn't necessarily mean it is reflective of 
> them in general.  How many people are NOT posting here talking about 
> how they DIDN'T experience problems?  I, for one, found working with 
> MiniMed exceptionally easy, and have had not a single complaint with 
> them nor the pump.  (I did experience one problem...but it ended up 
> being my own fault, not theirs, although they helped me graciously over 
> the phone.)
> I'm not trying to defend MiniMed here...just trying to bring 
> perspective.  I certainly can't speak to the quality of any other pump 
> but my own, as is likely the case for most others here.  I think the 
> Paradigm is a great pump and wouldn't consider switching to another 
> model...but if I did, I might find that another pump is actually better 
> for my needs and not know it.  Same is true for those who praise their 
> Animas pump or Disetronic or whatever...if that is their only pump, all 
> the praises in the world mean nothing when it comes down to a 
> comparison UNLESS you have actually tried more than one brand of pump.
> Now, as far as that list of "problems" reported against the 
> Paradigm...if you re-look at the list carefully, you'll find that most 
> of the complaints against it are rather silly, such as having to select 
> U-100 versus U-50 insulin.  If they had gone a different route, there 
> would be complaints that a user might switch insulins and forget to 
> change the settings!  Prompting the user each time is actually a safety 
> measure, but criticized as a safety flaw.  
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Sean, pump mom of Jake, 9, dx 07/01, pumping since 01/02
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