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  1. Betty
    Betty December 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | | Reply

    OK. I may not be married to a diabetic anymore but this absolutely fantastic! I’ve been waiting for this since he went on a pod and will make sure he knows and has all the information needed. I just did a happy dance in my head.

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  3. susan f
    susan f December 15, 2012 at 9:40 am | | Reply

    I’ll still be sticking to my tubes for now. I have a life where I change rooms every 30m. for meetings. I already need to carry my phone for my schedule; having a pump with a clip allows me to clip the pump to my pants, freeing up hands, and not weighing my pockets down. CGMS is integrated, so no third device.

    If I were to go omnipod, now I have to carry three devices? an iphone, a PDM, and a CGMS? NO THANKS! I’d need a freaking tool belt!

  4. The sarcastic medved type2
    The sarcastic medved type2 December 16, 2012 at 7:11 am | | Reply

    I think OmniPod should make the controls for the device into a software program that would work on SmartPhones so you do not need to carry around a big clunky controller.

    1. Caitlin
      Caitlin December 17, 2012 at 9:51 am | | Reply

      Susan F — you don’t have to carry the PDM around with you at all times. I also work in an office where I am constantly in and out, and I never have my bag with me. You only need the PDM to be within 3 (now apparently 5) feet of you when you’re bolusing or doing any other non-preset activity.

      I agree on the CGM, though. Keeping THAT monitor close was when I did a trial a few months ago.

      1. Caitlin
        Caitlin December 17, 2012 at 9:52 am | | Reply

        Er … keeping the CGM close was awful. Apparently the comment thread wasn’t happy with the phrase I used (it was totally PG, I swear!).

  5. Amira
    Amira December 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm | | Reply

    Does the smaller pod work with the same PDM

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  8. Brian Macias
    Brian Macias December 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm | | Reply

    Can you suspend the basal rate if needed?

    1. LC
      LC January 11, 2013 at 5:12 am | | Reply

      Yes. If exercising and don’t want to snack to compensate, you can say how long up to 2 hrs. I love my life with this pump. It is so user friendly, neat and discreet. I have been using this product for over a yr.

  9. Fritz
    Fritz December 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm | | Reply

    I used the omnipod, have the newest PDM and have like 60 New pods sealed in their boxes. Omnipod with its continuous occlusions, cannula needles that does not retract, annoying alarms that forces you to change the pod when they say so and malfunctions. No thank you. I already have to deal with my diabetes, i do not want to be controlled by my pump. Pods are now past their expiration date, if anyone wants it, its yours, let me know.

    1. lisa
      lisa March 12, 2013 at 10:23 am | | Reply

      My company supports a local Diabetic support group. We would love to donate them. If they are still available then you can mail them to; ALL HOME INFUSION INC.
      5380 Old Bullard Rd, Suite 600
      Tyler, TX 75703. They have many kids on them they would love to use them.

      If you send a receipt with them we will mail you a check to reimburse the shipping charge.

  10. Paul
    Paul January 21, 2013 at 8:19 am | | Reply

    I would really like to see Insulet create a program for iphone/ipod/android. Most people have their phones or music devices with them. No need to take another piece of hardware. Also, all data could be synced automatically to the cloud. If you lose your phone, you can always bring up data on another device to bolus. Pod would of course need to be able to check blood autonomously which is now a reality (see

    The other cool thing about Internet integration would be you could set alerts if you are a caregiver or parent. If you have aging parent and you get an alert they are dangerously low blood sugar, it would prompt you to make a visit.

    Hopefully they’re looking into this and don’t think short term on how much money they’ll lose from not selling the PDM. I think the one we got for our daughter was over $7K, so it wasn’t cheap.

  11. Nicole
    Nicole January 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm | | Reply

    Their is a company that makes a GM for the iPhone it’s pretty small just a little bigger than the old end on iPod devices.

  12. fred
    fred March 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm | | Reply

    As a juvenile diabetic since age 2 which im now 38 i can honestly say if it wasnt for omnipod i wouldnt be on any insulin device.I dont like being restricted of movement w any of the tube pumps.Ive been on Omnipod for a year now and use 2 boxes of pods a month and have not experienced any problems as others are saying.They are probably doing something wrong or getting occlusions for putting it in the same spots.Omnipod is very user friendly and the list of things you can customize is phenominal.I do however wish insulet would make a holster w revolving clip so i may wear it on my belt.

  13. Sarah
    Sarah March 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm | | Reply

    I’m 26 and have had diabetes for 13 years, 11 of which I’ve been on various pumps. I’ve had the OmniPod for 5 years and think it’s fantastic. No tangled tubing or having to detach to take a shower or getting tangled up in the middle of the night and tearing out your site. I admit in the beginning (OmniPod was like a year old) the pods had some problems. Occlusions, pod errors. But they have always replaced any malfunctioned pods and VERY RARELY do I have issues now.

    I would also love for the PDM to live on a smartphone and have been secretly begging for them to do it. One downside though — how often does your phone die? Because my dies at least once a week (especially if I’m out of town or taking lots of pics). I would hate to be stranded somewhere starving with a dead phone (chargers are pretty inconvenient on camping trips or at Bonnaroo). Plus, with an iphone you can’t just carry around a spare battery or put in some fresh AAA’s…

    Very excited about the smaller pods though! It’s about time. Frustrating how it takes 2 years for the FDA to approve. How do we keep up with technology at that pace?

  14. Bostonyankee
    Bostonyankee April 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm | | Reply

    Omnipod made a bad business move. They released the new smaller pod to new users only, the customers currently on the pod do not have a date as to when they will receive their new pods. Why in the world make us wait, no reason in the world is good enough

  15. joe
    joe May 3, 2013 at 12:45 am | | Reply

    we are having to wait months to get the newer pods. have been a customer for a couple of years now and they wont upgrade . keep saying 3-4 months. this is very poor customer service!!!!!!

  16. jenkara
    jenkara June 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm | | Reply

    OmniPod NOW states that customers who go through a third party – like we are forced to do because of our insurance – will NOT be getting switched over. WTF? We want our new OmniPod just like the rest of the world. Also, if anyone has any of the older “larger” pods, we are in desperate need of them, my new insurance won’t cover them and I cannot afford to pay $550 a box of 10!

  17. frankie
    frankie July 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm | | Reply

    INSULET did a horrible job of managing this conversion. Every step was convoluted and obscure. Within the organization the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing. I was out-right lied to on more than one occasion. They are finally are releasing the new system to current patients..however you need to be vigilant and proactive to actually receive it. Call and wait and make sure you talk to one of the REORDER SPECIALIST for they hold the magic wand that can make this happen. As I let them know…this is our very life and health you are playing with. It’s not like picking out a new mobile phone or satellite TV supplier. I think they will be in for a big surprise once there are other tubeless solutions as they DID do an excellent job of destroying current customer loyalty.

  18. karen white
    karen white August 6, 2013 at 9:51 am | | Reply

    My husband got the new smaller pod and pdm and it sucks !!!!!!!!!!!!! so far 8 out of 10 pods have failed after 12 hrs. his sugar is over 250. He wants the old pods back they worked great.
    FYI: Omni pod also won’t replace failed pods if they last at least 24 hrs.

    1. maura rios
      maura rios January 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm | | Reply

      Didn’t realize a problem till we added up all the failed pods. 26 since October 29th. Couldn’t go back and check beyond that but it was probably about the same percentage of about 33 percent, Ridiculous!!!

  19. Steve
    Steve August 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm | | Reply

    To add to @Frankie’s and @KarenWhite’s comments – if I designed anything with the horrible “features” of the new OmniPod, I’d be fired. For starters: the damn thing requests “Confirm” after powering up, even if it’s when the PDA goes into low-power mode. This makes boluses a real laugh riot considering I might need to stop and look up carbs for parts of my meal. This “feature” *cannot* be disabled (why???)

    The IOB reading is always zero for me. I have never seen it otherwise, so it’s completely useless.

    If the pod runs out of insulin at 2:00AM, it now switches between a single high-pitched whine followed by an alternating set of beeps. Kinda like that car alarm down the street you’d love to heave a rock through.

    Then comes the real laugh riot: the failure rate of the new, cough…improved…cough pods is roughly 50 PERCENT. Last Saturday, I trashed four pods when I was priming the pump. It wasn’t on my arm yet. I wasn’t bolusing. I didn’t remove the pod backing or cannula cover. The pod simply got a “Pod Error” and the PDA told me to discard it. Four times. I now have an entire box of pods that have failed for no reason.

    Never, never, never snap the cannula cover off the pod while the pump is priming. Do not pass go, do not collect a working pod. Start over.

    Pod failure – @Karen White’s revelation that OmniPod won’t replace pods that “worked” for 24 hours is another step in this resounding failure. I agree with her husband – give us the old PDA back. It worked, it was reliable and it didn’t have any of these miserable “features”.

    I have reached the point where I’m just using the PDA to figure out how much insulin I need, then bolusing with a syringe. What a bold step forwards (NOT)! This whole upgrade business is an abysmal failure and I am considering changing to a Medtronic pump because they offer continuous glucose monitoring, which my endo would love. Still need finger sticks (I think it has something to do with calibrating the glucose monitor), but anything is better than this mess.

    Bottom line – do yourself and your blood pressure a favor and get any other insulin pump other than the OmniPod.

  20. Gracie
    Gracie October 27, 2013 at 6:00 am | | Reply

    Wow this is amazing I have been a omnipod user for around 2 years and I couldn’t live without it hahah I love seeing our technology grow it truly blows my mind!! I’m proud to say I have been a diabetic for 6 years and the omnipod has changed my life :) )))

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  22. Mark Davis
    Mark Davis February 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm | | Reply

    Hi i have 9 boxes of Older version Pods the bigger ones, my son switched to the newer pdm email me at thank you

  23. Maryl McKee
    Maryl McKee May 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm | | Reply

    Hi! This is directed to Debi Davis (the last post). I tried to contact you.via your yahoo account email,, but it is telling me there is no such address! Debi do you still have the pods? I would love to get them for my daughter. She still has the old PDm with these larger pods. Her insurance doesn’t cover the pods, so I have to buy them wherever I can find them! If they are still available, or if anyone else has the older pods available, please contact me at Thanks so much! This is such a great website for diabetics! Maryl Mckee

  24. Pattie
    Pattie July 25, 2014 at 8:59 am | | Reply

    I’ve been an Omnipod user for about 5 years and do like the device. However I am thinking of changing. I just got a copy of what my insurance company paid for the “new, smaller” pods. They are now $90 a piece. I receive quarterly shipments of 45 pods. That comes to $4,050 per quarter or $16,200 per year! This system has become too expensive to use. Prior to 2014 I (my insurance company) was paying $40 per pod. The price has more than doubled and is now way too expensive to keep using.

  25. Erin
    Erin August 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm | | Reply

    My son has had the omnipod for 1 year. He is so annoyed with alarms for malfunction, Pdm errors, loosing stick even with skin tac. He now states he wants to go back to shots. I am annoyed by how much insulin we are loosing. Now we are short.

  26. Panic
    Panic August 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm | | Reply

    Incredibly disappointed with the new pods. Terrible success rate, im so annoyed I want to go back to the shots. I just lost the pod at the mall today, going to try shots until i can get it back, and we’ll see.

  27. Heather
    Heather September 5, 2014 at 7:27 pm | | Reply

    Pdm broke. Insurance won’t cover a new one. After 10 years of use I now have to switch to a new pump. Thinking about the t-slim. Input? I also have about 5 boxes of the new smaller pods I need to get rid of if anyone is interested. Email me @

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