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Friday, May 6, 2016

JDRF release letter about the UHC/Medtronic agreement

 #MyPumpMyChoice, #AccessMatters

 JDRF came out with a letter about the United Health Care / Medtronic deal that was announced this week and as it should caused a big uproar in the the Diabetes Community. 

http://jdrf.org/press-releases/jdrf-fighting-for-access/

We need access to all the pumps available to use the one that fits us best and to keep insulin pump competition and innovation alive.  You kill off all your competition by negotiating contracts with huge health insurance companies and then they have no reason to be on the cutting edge of innovation. 

For example in the CGM field.  There use to only be Medtronic CGM's and they were terrible, almost every single person who wore one hated it and a lot of people still hate the new Enlite sensors.  Then Dexcom came along and knocked all our socks off, it is a much better sensor.  It is so much better than most of the research going on in the closed loop artificial pancreas projects USE a Dexcom CGM.  So what happens when you cut out pump competition, you force out innovation and competition to come out with better pumps!
 
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1 comment:

  1. I made much the same point in my blog today. Mine took a lot more electrons. I like yours better. :)

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes web page for the week of May 2, 2016.

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