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RE: Lein Applied Diagnostics was RE: [IPk] New way to test BG(rumour)



Melissa wrote: They can't really block a non-invasive meter from hitting the
market, but what they can do is cast aspersions on its accuracy if there is
any room for questioning the data. ......


Hi Melissa et al.

Big companies can make all sorts of things happen - depending on clout and
size of their wallet/bank roll.

A close friend of mine, an engineer, recalls that when training in Dundee,
Scotland in the early 1950s, an engineer there had developed a washing
machine that used ultra-sonic waves to clean clothes.  He was bought out
then for #1 million and guess what, in the UK we are still having to buy
wasteful washing powder that pollutes the planet and wastes energy as we
don't have cold water washing powders as in the US/Canada and Africa et al.

So perhaps my cynicism or whatever you want to call it, sadly tends to agree
with John's assessment as a major possibility of the way ahead re bg testing
methods....

Rhoda

They can't really block a non-invasive meter from hitting the market, but 
what they can do is cast aspersions on its accuracy if there is any room for

questioning the data. What they *are* doing is developing continuous 
monitoring systems that they hope will get replacement labelling and will 
generate income in the West. For any of the continuous monitoring systems, 
at least 1x/day fingerstick calibration will always be required _unless_ 
some major shift in technology occurs. So it's not like fingersticks are 
about to be obviated anywhere anytime soon.

And, let's face it, very few type 2s will be ideal candidates for continuous

monitoring and there are a heck of a lot more of them than there are type 1s

in the world. The meter companies are trying to expand their market share 
among type 2s (which is actually good for the type 2s as most of them really

don't test enough) and they are rolling out products especially for 
developing countries, the Lifescan Horizon meter in India, for example.

While the West is rich, the developing world is a larger market and we all 
know that volume is key in making a profit....

It's not all about the Western hemisphere!

Melissa
Type 1 11+ years; MiniMed pumper 7.5 years; Animas pumper 1 year
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