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New Roche Insulin Pump

OK, we lost one glucose monitor vendor recently, but now we’ve gained a pump vendor instead.  Roche Diagnostics Corp. is breaking into the growing U.S. insulin pump business with its Swiss-made product that carries the well-known Accu-Chek brand name.
The new Spirit Accu-Chek pump comes from Disetronic Medical Systems, the insulin pump division acquired by Roche in 2003.  Launch is planned for Monday, and the $6,195 product will begin shipping on Oct. 30.
I’m not…

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Interview with a Real, Live Exubera User (Under 50)

Meet Jennifer Haws.  She just started using EXUBERA, the first commercially available inhalable insulin from Pfizer.  She’s not a senior.  She’s not homebound.  And so far she likes it.  Which came as somewhat of a surprise to me personally, since I’ve been quoted as teasing about how impractical it seems.  Jennifer disagrees.
Read on:
DM) Jen, can you tell us about yourself, and what led you to inhalable insulin?
JH) I live in Des Moines,…

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Our New Book, Unveiled

So you know I’ve been working on a “mystery book” for a while.  Well, it’s time for the wrapper to come off! Even though the cover design isn’t finished yet; this one’s just a temporary placeholder.
I’ve been privileged to co-author this book with Dr. Richard Jackson of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.  We’re calling it the “first-ever, hands-on guide to achieving a long and healthy life with diabetes.” It actually tells people in…

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned at TCOYD

Last year, I attended the first Northern California iteration of the fabulous Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) conference series.  I was blown away by: 1) how informative a one-day event can be, 2) how fun and motivating it was {even when sacrificing an entire precious Saturday}, and 3) how many hundreds — no thousands! — of other people with diabetes {and all the same questions and frustrations} live right in my area. Oh-so-definitely worth…

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Exit, Stage Left

This is a public service announcement:  Have you seen/heard the news that BD is pulling out of the glucose monitoring market? 
That’s right.  A casualty of the diabetes marketing wars, seeing nothing but “a bleak future in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”   One less vendor offering glucose monitors.
Any loyal BD Logic users out there?  Fret not; help is on the way.  J&J LifeScan, Roche, Abbott, and Bayer Diabetes are all jumping in to offer former…

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