19 Responses

  1. Mike Barry
    Mike Barry June 3, 2013 at 4:24 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the review!! I am very oblivious to cost issues but I applaud them for taking steps to get the issue to the market.

    Re: “Naked With Tubes,” I have a medical alert necklace that the pump clips to in those sort of situations. For the bathroom, my shirt works great, the bottom, the collar, a pocket, etc.

  2. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter June 3, 2013 at 5:33 am | | Reply

    Sorry to hear about the bubble issue. This is why I’m back on pens.

  3. Doug
    Doug June 3, 2013 at 5:46 am | | Reply

    Amy. While I typically appreciate the information provided on your blog. I found this to me disappointing. This entry should have been titled ” Snap is not at good as my Omnipod” or “I cant understand why anyone would wear any other kind of pump besides Omnipod” or finally “An Omnipod fans view of tubed pumping and to a lesser degree the new snap pump”

    Most of the negatives you mention of the pump are not specific to this pump, but to your single minded view of tubed pumping.

    Im thankful that there are many choices. Not every solution works for every person and people have different priorities. For example. One main reason I don’t choose the omnipod is that I dont carry a purse, and therefore don’t want to have to carry a fragile display / remote, thats half the size of a VHS tape everywhere I go. Ok its a little exaggerated but you get my point. ….

    1. Julie
      Julie June 16, 2013 at 5:26 am | | Reply

      Doug, I’ve got a six year old DD who is about to start on the Omnipod on Tuesday. I have heard this argument before, “I don’t want to carry the PDM” don’t you carry a meter around with you? Glucose of some kind? Other supplies? Where do you carry those? We put the PDM in her kits with a juice box, Quick Stix, etc. since it’s her BG meter, we don’t have to carry another one, and it’s no different.

  4. MikeH
    MikeH June 3, 2013 at 6:35 am | | Reply

    Thanks for this write-up, Amy. Very interesting to hear your thoughts on the Snap. Interestingly, I’m on the complete opposite side as I’ve never had any issue with pump tubing. I prefer any other tubed pump over the OmniPod for personal reasons – but as we know, YDMV and each person’s D-Device is their own choice! Glad to have options and this new one seems an interesting choice to have. That flashlight aspect is BRILLIANT, and I say that as someone who regularly uses his tubed insulin pump to shine a light in dark places like the bedroom and movie theater! But I just can’t get past the fact that in the TWO YEARS between their FDA approval and launch, there wasn’t away to include other insulins aside from just Humalog – what a complete miss on those PWDs who might have been interested if not for Humalog being the only option. Oh, well.

  5. Mike Ratrie
    Mike Ratrie June 3, 2013 at 9:58 am | | Reply

    Amy, FWIW, Disetronic (now Roche) had a pump called the D-Tron and D-Tron Plus that used the prefilled Humalog cartridges. They also offered a plastic cartridge that PWDs could fill with Novalog, Regular, etc. Alas, other problems caused the demise of the pump in favor of the Accu-Chek Spirit.

    I have to agree with MikeH on the whole tubed v. tubeless thing (YDMV) – tubing has never bothered me to the point of wanting to WEAR a huge pod all the time, not to mention the incredible amount of waste product. It is great to hear that Asante is addressing this from the very start.

    I also want to thank you for jumping into the trial and reporting your first-hand experiences.


  6. StephenS
    StephenS June 3, 2013 at 10:29 am | | Reply

    Amy, thanks for the write-up on this. I’ve been waiting for a first-hand account of this pump for some time. It’ll be interesting to see if your feedback and the feedback of the other participants will lead to any changes/updates in the future.

  7. Sarah - Sugabetic (@SugabeticMe)
    Sarah - Sugabetic (@SugabeticMe) June 3, 2013 at 11:13 am | | Reply

    Thanks for your write-up, Amy. The Snap does look pretty neat and fast to use. You mentioned that the one selling point of it is that it auto-primes and does it quickly, and that the t:slim is very slow (which it is!), but taking what I’ve read here in comparison to the quickness of the touch-screen menus of the t:slim, the Asante would only have faster setup. I would much rather have a longer setup verses more hassle various times during the day than the other way around.

    I’ve never been one to mind tubing. Actually, I get freaked out wearing my Omnipod because I can’t see the tubing and check for bubbles. Weird, I know, but I guess I’m just different than most. (I have the Omnipod as a backup system)

    And on the new model of PDM’s for the Omnipod, you also scroll up for the temp basals. You tell it whether you want to increase or decrease your basal, then press “ok”, which takes you to the screen to select the basal you want. Then it will say “Decrease basal by: XX%” or “Increase basal by: XX%”.

  8. Type 1 Electrical Engineering Student
    Type 1 Electrical Engineering Student June 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm | | Reply

    This was a great review, Amy. Thank you.

  9. Dan
    Dan June 5, 2013 at 6:10 am | | Reply

    Hi Amy,
    I found one of your comments to be very interesting. Children and some adults need a “holster” with a 360 degree clip to hold the pump. This deals with the washroom issues. Second, is the unit waterproof? Last, what about the transfer of data from the pump to a computer program? Some of us tech people use the data to refine our daily approach to our condition.
    PS the company should give the unit to a tech – data driven person to analyze the unit. As always have a great day.

  10. Kathleen Weaver
    Kathleen Weaver June 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm | | Reply

    Hmmm, I’ve found several places to stash my pump when I am not wearing clothing. Usually under a fold of flesh, but maybe you wear an A cup bra.

    I also am not bashful about wearing my pump out when wearing clothing, and you’ll often see me wearing it on the strap of a tank or other article of clothing. Also a clothes horse.

    I can’t wear the Omnipod because I am a frequent user of the hot tub in our back yard.

    BILL KING June 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy – Thank you so much for taking the time and expertise approach of sharing your ‘Pro’s & Con’s’ list on the Asante Snap. As you may know, I also took advantage of the trial wear of the Snap and, as a traditional “tubed” pump wearer, I found the Snap to be a great addition to the list of smart pump choices for PWD.

    As I told the management team at Asante, many of us have been waiting for years for insulin pump prices to come down and make IPT available to more people who would like to get on pump therapy but are unable to do so due to the incredible out of pocket costs. $600 (before insurance) for the controller make this pump the least expensive start-up cost pump on the market. The cost of ongoing supplies (pump body) could be reduced as more PWD begin using the Snap.

    As far as the Temp Basal rates go, I like the way they have it set as the function is similar to other pumps I have used. I’ve been told that Asante is working on obtaining agreements with the other two rapid acting insulin companies however, as we all know, collaboration in the diabetes marketplace does not happen easily. Just to be the 1st company (since Disetronic back in ’01) to utilize an insulin pen cartridge is a plus for all of us. Choice is great and competition is the key to these companies enhancing their technology.

    The Snap is not waterproof but is ‘splash-able’ meaning it can not survive being submerged in water. Fine with sweat during my summer running and getting caught in the rain, but no-pool or hot tub.

    Download software is to be released once FDA reviewed/approved. Download is a key for many PWD as it is for clinical professionals at many practices and I was told that this is a priority for Asante.

    Overall, I found the Snap very easy to operate, easy and lightweight to wear and I also thought the flashlight option was a valuable tool for me to make my way around the room without disturbing my type 3 (wife) who has already labeled my Dexcom receiver “Sexy Dexy” for the “BAA, BAA, BAA” waking her before me. :-) Happy, healthy pumping!

  12. Sarah
    Sarah June 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm | | Reply

    Of course there are those of us who think the omnipod looks like a tumor. So much for sexy. I’m with Doug on this one.

  13. Julie
    Julie June 16, 2013 at 5:35 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the review. As I mentioned in another reply, my daughter starts the Omnipod on Tuesday. She had the unique experience to have been cast as Princess Ying Yaowalak in The King And I when she was diagnosed. She was in the middle of rehearsals at the time. Anyway, for the show, she had to wear a mic with a headset and battery pack. I sewed a pocket for the battery pack into a pair of bike shorts for her to wear under her costume. But I still had to go with her to the bathroom every time and hold the battery pack for her while she used the toilet. When it came time to choose a pump, she had a very good idea of what wearing a tubed pump would be like, and she wanted no part of it. We are with you on not wanting to fight that tubing!

  14. rose schonberger
    rose schonberger August 16, 2013 at 2:10 am | | Reply

    tubing does not bother me but does medicare cover the snap?i wear the medtronic 522 & am due for a new one in march 2014.

  15. Megan Cornelius
    Megan Cornelius December 20, 2013 at 8:16 am | | Reply

    Your review was very helpful…I am currently trying to decide between the omnipod and a tubed pump. My questions is (take in mind i live in Souther California), what do you do when you wear a swimsuit with the omnipod? For a tubed pump, you could hide the site since it is pretty flat and you could put it on your butt, but wouldn’t the omnipod show no matter what?

  16. Mitch
    Mitch October 2, 2014 at 10:47 am | | Reply

    After using an OmniPod for 5+ years and “tubed” pumps for 20+ years earlier, there are other factors to consider than “tubes” vs “tubeless.”

    For example, the size of the OmniPod pods limits their placement to far fewer areas than shown in their body charts. Since most infusion sets don’t protrude from the skin as much as OmniPod’s pods, they can be attached more places. Infusion sets also come with different angles and depths for the cannula; for OmniPod, there’s only one depth and angle. While infusion sets can get air bubbles, in my experience they don’t ever fail as frequently (10% to 20%) as OmniPod’s pods.

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