This is why I am waiting a while to go on the pump: innovative new products making their way to market.
Rumor has it that Insulet Corp’s new OmniPod dual insulin delivery and BG monitoring system will be announced as available (via perscription) at the upcoming AADE annual diabetic educators’ conference, being held this year in Washington, DC, in mid-August.
The “pod” uses no tubing but rather is attached directly to the skin via a cannula that is automatically inserted (you just push a button). It delivers insulin according to pre-programmed instructions transmitted wirelessly from the other half of the system, a “Personal Diabetes Manager” (PDM) wireless, hand-held device that controls and monitors the operation of the OmniPod, and is used to check BG levels using FreeStyle test strips. The system already received FDA approval in January.
Read the whole story on the OmniPod at DiabetesInControl.com. According to this site, OmniPods will only cost a fraction of what most pumps go for, so doctors should be more willing to prescribe and health plans more willing to cover them. I hope this is true. If the early adopters like it well enough, I might be next in line!