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Re: [IPk] Pump upgrade - what are the options?

Hi Joel

I think it may be some time (at least a year rather than a matter of
months) before the 640G is launched. All the MM pumps since the 511 have
had a first digit of 5 or 7 to indicate reservoir size. It is significant
that the 640G has a 6 rather than a 5 or 7 prefix: 640G will offer not only
suspension of insulin delivery when hypo (as the Veo currently does outside
the US and the 530G will do in the US) but also an automated *increase* in
insulin delivery based on high glucose levels. Using CGM to allow a pump to
deliver more insulin rather than less is a big step towards closing the
loop and it carries different potential risks as well as potential benefits.

In the UK, Peter Hindmarsh (UCL paeds diabetes consultant) and Pratik
Choudhary (King's College Hospital adults diabetes consultant) will be
involved in a clinical trial of it - see

I should be able to get an idea of when Medtronic expects to submit the
640G for European regulatory review at the ATTD meeting in Vienna in a few
weeks (5-8 Feb). If anyone wants to see what's on the agenda there, the
website for the conference is http://www2.kenes.com/attd/pages/home.aspx

All best


On Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM, Joel Milner <email @ redacted>wrote:

>  I have seen flyer with a picture of the new MM640G. It looks very "sharp"
> -
> like a modern smartphone. It might be worth waiting for even if it is a few
> months before it is approved.
>  I recently replaced my 5 year old MM522 with an Animas Vibe. Here are my 2
> pence worth.
>  Comparing the Veo and the Vibe. The Vibe has a nice clear colour screen
> which
> is much easier to read than the B&W screen on the MM pump (which reminds
> me of
> an old Nokia 3310 mobile phone). Despite this there are many aspects of the
> operation and menu system on the Vibe that are very poorly thought out and
> make
> standard operations like bolusing both time consuming and irritating. The
> have
> been some recent discussions about this on IP-UK that you might search for.
>  IMO, if I were simply choosing on the basis of pump ease of use and
> convenience, there is no way I would choose the Animas, I would either go
> with
> the Veo, or wait it out for the 640G. However, I self-fund CGM, and when
> you
> factor this in the picture changes completely. The Dexcom G4 system is
> fantastic. I find it RELIABLY as accurate as a fingerstick, easy to set up
> and
> straightforward to use. You only have to look on line at some of the
> discussion
> groups to see that this cannot be said of the Enlites. Also, I have been
> getting
> 2-3 weeks out of a Dexcom G4 sensor - I don't know anyone who has managed
> more
> than around 8 days out of an Enlite. If you are self-funding this means a
> saving
> of around #1200 per year.
> Joel
> .
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