FDA Approval For Medtronic
Hi all - Just a quick post about some news that was announced this morning from Medtronic. I was excited to read the announcement because it shows that companies are continuing to innovate in a effort to ease the burden of diabetes management. I currently do not use any Medtronic devices or any insulin pumps, but am actively invested in a CGM competitor, Dexcom and use the Dexcom G4.
Medtronic announced today that it had obtained FDA approval for a device that will monitor patients' glucose levels and automatically shut off insulin delivery when glucose levels reach a certain point. I see this as a benefit if you are wearing an insulin pump and are unaware of your low blood sugar, be that you are sleeping or distracted for whatever reason, the device is smart enough to know to stop delivering insulin to avoid dangerously low blood sugars. This is a great step forward because it means that the devices are becoming "smarter" and are able to react without user acknowledgement. For me, one of the most costly effects of diabetes is the constant mental drain of "active management". Diabetes is a full time job, even when you are sleeping.
I never thought it would probably happen in my life time, but the artificial pancreas is looking more and more promising as devices like these get approval.
10/2/2013 11:50:48 pm
It will happen!
10/5/2013 05:32:40 am
Thanks Dale - very interesting. I dont think I will make the switch yet, but helpful for people that need this technology!
10/12/2013 09:50:19 am
Yes, very excited about diabetes research...however I am amazed that Medtronic's device was approved. Their CGM is HORRIBLY inaccurate compared to the Dexcom! When I wore the Medtronic CGM I felt like it was never very accurate at keeping track of my BG and it would make me nervous for it to have the ability to suspend my pump completely for 2 hours. I would trust the dexcom wayyy more. Still exciting and a step in the right direction. I just want to be able to customize the decrease in basal and have it use dexcom data rather than medtronic :) Keep in touch!
10/21/2013 02:14:24 pm
Hi Tay - delayed response here, but it seems like most people dont really have too many good things to say about the CGM of medtronic. I have not tried it and don't think I have any intention. The dexcom g4 has been incredibly accurate, but havent been able to get my refills yet in Canada (soon though).
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
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