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Followup with a Real, Live Exubera User

Editor’s Note: Oooh, this post is so TIMELY, in light of the fact that the LA Times ran a front-of-the-business-section story on widespread doubts about inhaled insulin this weekend.  Our gal feels differently. Read on.
Back in October, DiabetesMine.com spoke with Jennifer Haws of Des Moines, IA, pioneer in the use of new inhaled insulin from Pfizer.  I made her promise that she’d give us an update after three months, so we could discover if…

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The Lady Who Saved Her Own Life

When people find out they have diabetes, they sometimes do crazy things.  As we’ve discussed recently, lots of people go into denial mode and do nothing, which is what turns this disease into a death sentence over time, sadly.  Then there are the few who stand up and fight right away.
Denise Armstrong, a 52-year-old secretary from Mount Carmel, Illinois, was recently featured in Reader’s Digest in a story called “How I Saved My Own…

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Insulin Shakeout: Lilly, Generics, What’s Next?

When I read the other day that Eli Lilly was halting construction of a new insulin plant in Virginia, I didn’t make that much of it.  Another day, another dollar-based business decision, right?  But it seems there are some strong currents running through the insulin market that will have tangible consequences for us folks who live on insulin, indeed.
Is Eli Lilly really distancing itself from its historical covenant with diabetes?  This is the company…

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What Gets in the Way

The other bit I wanted to share from my day at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute was our discussion of what gets in the way, i.e. why do many patients so consistently neglect their diabetes?  That is, the first hour of my time at the BDI was spent in a “provider” session sharing concerns with a group of people including CDEs, psychologists, nutritionists, and reps from BDI sponsor Roche Diagnostics.
The topic du jour was what…

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Fighting For My Life

Time for an update on my campaign to become an insulin pumper.  Ouch. Painful experience dealing with Blue Shield, so far.  Enormous amount of time spent explaining to perfect strangers — from the HR reps at my husband’s company to various “reimbursement managers” to a parade of officials at Blue Shield (forthwith to be referred to as ‘BS’) itself — why I ought to get medical coverage for a life-sustaining device that my doctors have…

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