Medtronic takes step toward an artificial pancreas

  • Article by: Janet Moore , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 28, 2013 - 7:33 AM

FDA approved the company’s automated insulin delivery system.

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rusty0101Sep. 27, 1310:39 PM

This would be a great help for several friends and family members. That said, I do hope that the pump and sensor work as a secure pair, more so than say your bluetooth headset and phone.

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bassopotamusSep. 27, 1311:45 PM

I think they are probably pretty secure. My wife has an older model pump, and it "talks" to her glucose meter, but only at a range of a couple feet, and you have to synchronize a code across devices. I'm not sure if the codes are unique to each pump, but it is enough digits that it is unlikely you would ever encounter someone with the same code. This is a nice step forward. I've known a couple people who tried the previous continuous monitors and quit using them because they weren't automatic. They are sort of uncomfortable, an extra thing to have stuck in you, and an extra expense, all for pretty much no added functionality. This might be enough to put up with the downsides.

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johnmcfaddenSep. 28, 13 9:21 AM

the really exciting future is not in imitation devices but in bio engineered living solutions but these devices are a good stop gap to get us there. Now if only people could accept a little risk and realize they are alive simply because they live here and have access to amazing technology, and that ANYTHING made by human beings can fail and at times even cause a death. As tragic as that is then we could move these things along faster and help more people. Lawyers have caused the death of more people than a mishap with a device. There is a huge difference between designing something that might be fundamentally flawed and putting it on the market and designing something , testing it thoroughly and they discovering perhaps years later that there was something that caused a tiny fraction of them to fail etc and then getting sued out of existence by trial and class lawyers. I cannot think of any business i would never be a part of less than a med tech company, the stakes are simply too high

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