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Re: [IP] Also wondering which new Pump?

Becky, I too became a member of IP in 98 when the choice was between MM and
Disetronic. I called both companies and they both sent Reps. The Rep. for
Disetronic was a CDE who had experience with both pumps and she encouraged
me to fully investigate both pumps and she left an H-tron with me along
with Saline so that I could "trial" the actual use of the pump.  The MM Rep
met with me, he was a very popular guy with all the Endos and CDEs, had
fantastic blue eyes and he seemed to really "charm" a lot of people.
Unfortunately for me, he did not. He lied to me, he yelled at me one time
and generally treated me like a child.  He said that they did not give out
loaner pumps and I knew that others in my area had been able to get a
loaner. He told me that Disetronic was a "dangerous pump" and would not
acknowledge the production problems that MM was having at that time with

He moved to a different department years later so when the time came for
replacing my 4 year old pump I again contacted ALL the pump companies in
the market. That included Animas, who's Rep was a Type 1, I was impressed
with the company and the product and started in the IR1000. Every 4 years I
do the same, call the companies and see about getting a "trial pump". I was
able to get a MM, or maybe Medtronic at that time, to actually try out (NOT
with insulin) and I was just never really impressed with another pump. I
came close with the Cozmo, but the timing on it didn't work out.  I still
get that "800 lb. Gorilla" attitude dealing with Medtronic from time to
time so I have always been leery of doing business with them. I too am now
on Medicare but to avoid high copays chose AARP Supplemental, It has been
good!  I think I will call Tandem to see where they are with Medicare and

That's my story on it.  Wishing you luck with your choice and the Best of

On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 11:24 AM, Michael/Becky LaSpina <
email @ redacted> wrote:

> So...my Animas PING is out of warranty in January 2018.  I am on Medicare
> Part A and Part B with the Senior Advantage Kaiser plan.  So...when I look
> at the Tandem Pump page on acquiring their pump; site states they do not
> work with Kaiser or Medicare on Animas warranty? This is how I read the
> site.  I do know Kaiser offers both 630g from Medtronic (which my CDE is
> pushing) as well as Tandem.
> Wondering what issues cause IP members to NOT want to work with Medtronic?
> I became a member of IP back in 1998 and began with the MiniMed 507c but
> after six years went with Animas and have been happy ever after...until
> now.
> Will I regret working with Medtronic?
> Becky LaSpina
> Type I since 1957

Type 1 - 53 years - Pumping since 1998
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