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  1. Scott S
    Scott S December 2, 2011 at 7:26 am | | Reply

    It’s important for parents of kids with type 1 diabetes to realize that trials on children with diabetes aren’t a huge deal, as assuming the AP is approved for adults, any doctor can prescribe it legally to children with diabetes. Getting a formal approval in kids with diabetes is more of a formality unless your endo/primary care doctor doesn’t prescribe anything off-label.

  2. steve
    steve December 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm | | Reply

    This is a yawner… We are already using the technology and equipment we have to act as an artificial pancreas. Come on everyone, we need a cure not a moneymaking device that we can wear and “forget” about. This is a conglomeration of treatment devices that will earn manufacturers big $. JDRF should spend time and money working to cure, not treat diabetes. But, a cure is not a money maker, so don’t hold your breath.

    1. jamie
      jamie December 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm | | Reply

      Speak for your self! My cousins sin has type1 and ehlie they along with the rest of my family want nothing more then a cure for this disease but we also realize how important this is and how much closer this is to a cure

  3. Darcie
    Darcie December 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm | | Reply

    @Scott S, while endo’s can prescribe off label and CWDs can use getting insurance to cover is a whole other and equally critical issue. FDA approval those under 18 is a must for those of us who are fighting for the AP to work for kids!

  4. Jessica Apple
    Jessica Apple December 3, 2011 at 2:12 am | | Reply

    @Steve, JDRF and many others are working on the cure. The AP and the cure are not mutually exclusive. We should make the most of technology until the cure comes.

  5. steve
    steve December 5, 2011 at 8:20 am | | Reply

    To follow-up… This device is not one bit closer to a cure. JDRF knows a cure is the end of the JDRF. That’s why they concentrate on Treatments $$$ not a Cure. Wake up!

  6. David Downs
    David Downs December 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm | | Reply

    @Steve I’m sure every board member and employee of the JDRF has a personal connection to a person with T1. To suggest they are working for purely monetary gains is offensive.

    As a T1 for 26 years, I’m hopeful for every step forward, whether that’s smart insulin, an artificial pancreas or a possible vaccine that could slow the immune system enough to allow beta cell regeneration, I’ll continue to support the JDRF.

  7. Clarke
    Clarke December 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm | | Reply

    The JDRF lost me when they decided to get into the device business with Animas. Ever since that date, they have done nothing but steer the FDA toward an easier path for their JDRF/Animas device. Pay attention to the wording they want changed in the FDA’s draft guidance. It applies to “subsequent” systems and making the path easier for approval. Basically, they know that Medtronic is YEARS closer to the AP. The JDRF wants the FDA to allow their product a less stringent criteria based on the fact that they only need to prove they are comparable to the MDT product. It’s all about the almighty dollar on this one. Don’t believe me? What about the fact that when Medtronic announced the approval of the in-home clinical trials, the JDRF barely acknowledged this milestone. Instead, they took the opportunity to spin it to their agenda citing that this innovation is what the FDA was preventing. Preventing? How is the FDA preventing innovation when they approved the Medtronic trial. If JDRF truly believed in the innovation of the first product as much as their own vested interest product, they would have made a big deal about the trials. Instead, they promoted their own agenda….their own product….because they want the revenue from it. Sad but true.

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  9. John
    John December 15, 2011 at 6:24 am | | Reply

    Does a Batman utility belt also come with this contraption?

    The JDRF is a joke and have lost my family as donors years ago. They (JDRF) have shifted their mission from a cure to maintenance so this AP is a disgrace. If you look at the illustration above how can you tell anyone this is a breakthrough and improve quality of life? I guess if you play sports you will need 30 minutes just to unplug!

    Brewer is somehow convinced this AP would have prevented the incident with his own son and that’s why he is such a personal advocate… It must be nice to spend money donated for a ‘cure’ on your own personal mission.

    The JDRF is like a NFP art museum, they brag about everything they have ‘hanging on the walls’ and you can look, but don’t touch because none of it is useful to the onlooker.

    But, if the JDRF can’t brag about the AP what else do they have? SmartInsulin is seemingly dead or moving slower than a snail. Encapsulation, same! ESC’s and transplantation of beta cells is a joke, as I can’t find one clinical trial using anything that could be commercialized.

    So, at the end ot the day, the ‘transformative research’ train is nothing more than savvy marketing to dupe donors.

    And please, stop saying this is close to a ‘cure’! If you don’t know what a cure means, go read a dictionary.

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