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  1. kt
    kt September 16, 2010 at 6:54 am | | Reply

    Thank goodness someone finally realized beige (or brown) was the way to go! The original dexcom system had a white/clear sensor with a black transmitter. Perfect for showing through a lot of clothing, especially blouses. The 7+ system has a white transmitter, much better, but still shows off when you’ve got a bathing suit on. As does the omnipod.

  2. David
    David September 16, 2010 at 8:10 am | | Reply

    I’ve liked this product for a while now. It’s simple, effective and would take the burden off 8 needle jabs a day. In my case I need a minimum of half unit increments and ideally 0.25 unit increments (which is what I use with syringes). I think the current implementation uses 1 unit increments?

  3. Bennet
    Bennet September 16, 2010 at 9:09 am | | Reply

    Seems like a good tool for lantus basal and syringe free bolus.

  4. kdroberts
    kdroberts September 16, 2010 at 9:33 am | | Reply

    It does look like a good product, but it does have some drawbacks. I agree with David that a lack of fractional units is a minus, but in the Bernard Farrell review it says they are planning a pediatric version that doses 0.5u. The downside to that is not all people who need half unit dosing are pediatric patients who require small doses so even doses above about 2u will be frustrating to administer and get more frustrating the higher they go. I can’t imagine having to click a button 11 times to get a 5.5u dose for instance.
    It also seems very odd that there isn’t some sort of window to see how much insulin you have left. That would be a no brainer from the get go I would have though.
    Lastly, I don’t know if the cost would be worth the payoff. The price of insulin wouldn’t change so it would really be paying more for slightly more convenience. I don’t know if I would want to pay more than $10-20 a month for what it offers.

    I do think it’s a great idea and would definitely be something useful, but it just seems to have too many drawbacks right now and addressing those drawbacks properly would turn it into a sort of poor mans pump or too expensive pen replacement.

  5. katerina
    katerina September 16, 2010 at 9:40 am | | Reply

    I am concernrd about the size of the needle. Its 27G which I think its quite thick. Apart from that it looks nice and we would give it a try if it was reasonably priced.

  6. David
    David September 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | | Reply

    The pediatric version sounds right for me. However, it looks like the cost vs benefit is poor in my case with my insurance. Unlike pumping, the patch pen would not eliminate my copay for syringes (or basal insulin), so I would still pay all my usual copays plus a new one to cover this patch pen which I estimate would cost me a minimum of $360 per year. Well, $360 is over half what it would cost me to use a (tubed) pump! This cost vs benefit is okay but not great. Am I overlooking something here?

    Calibra might want to consider bumping their price up a bit and throwing in 4 syringes per patch pen, thus eliminating the need for patients to pay an extra copay for syringes. 4 syringes=1 syringe per day to inject basal insulin plus 1 to fill the patch pen.

  7. John Wilhelm
    John Wilhelm September 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm | | Reply

    What a great advancement. I hope they can find the backing they need. This would be a huge benefit to the diabetes community.

  8. Karen
    Karen September 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm | | Reply

    I was just musing … Wouldn’t it be great if I could have the convenience of pumping (when I wanted)for boluses and the freedom from being attached 24/7. I hope it becomes a reality (and in user friendly .5 unit doses). Are you listening VCs? We’re waiting to spend money.

  9. dennis jones
    dennis jones September 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm | | Reply

    Size is always going to be a consideration in advancements like this. I think any move towards making administration easier and convenient will always be welcomed.

  10. mcityrk
    mcityrk September 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm | | Reply

    I always worry when someone says all we need is money to scale up to manufacture. Most researchers have no clue what a big deal relatively simple concepts can be to optomize in a cost effective manner. The idea that a high-quality handmade device can be easily scaled up to manufacture the quantities needed to actually make a profit without blowing up due to failed QC, poor training, profit-greedy suppliers, etc is one of the great kanards of our time. If additionally there are pricing considerations which either compress the margins or shrink the market as mentioned by some of the posters it may not matter how technically good the device actually is.

  11. Justin
    Justin September 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm | | Reply

    Thats Crazy, My mother and i were talking about this earlier this week. My mom was diagnosed with diabetes about 2 years ago. Although it hasn’t taken over her life she is determined to keep it under control. I emailed her this link. She loves to read up on it alot. I guess the old say still sticks and probably always will. Information is Key.

  12. June S
    June S September 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm | | Reply

    They definitely need to make it deliver 1/2 units, for insulin-sensitive adults. I am one!

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  14. linda gonzalez
    linda gonzalez October 31, 2010 at 11:44 am | | Reply

    our daughter was dignos 2 years in dec can we be in a trial on the insulin pen can you please let us know how we can get involed in the trail

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    DINESH AGARWAL April 21, 2011 at 4:13 am | | Reply

    dear sir,

    My daughter 8 year old newly diagnosis with diabetes type 1recently.

    I am from new delhi (India). Please let me know about this product.

    dinesh agarwal

  17. June S
    June S April 21, 2011 at 4:30 am | | Reply

    Many years ago my brother wore something that, at the time, was called a “poor man’s pump.” It was a syringe like thing, if memory serves me correctly, that you kept up against your body. He used it along with that God-awful long-acting insulin, NPH, that we both took. Anyway, this looks like an ultra-modern version of the “poor man’s pump!”

  18. Sarah
    Sarah September 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm | | Reply

    We have been reading about the patch for over a year now. My 17 year old son with Type 1 was very excited about starting to use this, but it is still not on the market. Please let us know when this will occur. We are so optimistic about this new product!

  19. Dennis
    Dennis November 3, 2011 at 2:54 am | | Reply

    Well, I’m hoping for it to Replace Our , So called, Long Lasting Insulin.the Lantus and Levemire with just suing Novalog on a Hourly basis..

    The LLI’s don;t work as nearly as well as Using NLog , but you have to take it every Hour ..Get it set up to Deleiver it every Hour Like the Pump does and you have something.

    Vs having to spend $10,000 for a Pump every 3-5 yrs..!

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  21. ahmed serag
    ahmed serag September 30, 2012 at 4:28 am | | Reply

    i have a doughter 4 years old was daibatic recently from 1 month , i need to know how can i get this patch as she takes 3 units lantos per day , need your help

  22. Dennis
    Dennis September 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm | | Reply

    Well it’s a Start, but I can tell you from personal Experience
    That so Call Long Lasting Insulins of Lantus and Levemire?
    Don’t work as well as they will tell you.. Many of us have to take it 2 and 3x daily.. and even then..
    It’s Been a Big Disappointment and A Very Expensive one at that..
    They can make a Patch to deliver Morphine over a 12 and 24 hrs , why not the same for Novalog..?

    Or Are the Insulin Pump Co.’s Lobbying against that too?
    Getting how much per Pump Now? $7,000?

    What a Racket..

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