2012 may prove to be a bonanza year for pumpers. Pumps are being made slimmer, trimmer and cordless. Roche, Cellnovo, Asante Solutions and Tandem all are expected to launch products this year.
A few companies are trying to join Insulet’s Omnipod patch pump in the tubes-free game. Two new entrees to the patch fray are the Solo by Roche and the Cellnovo by Cellnovo.
The Solo has four parts: a micro pump, an insulin reservoir, a remote, and an insertion set called a cradle, which holds the micro pump and the insulin reservoir. The reservoir is transparent which allows you to check site problems and insulin levels with ease.
The micro pump is small, measuring 2.4 x 1.5 x .05 inches and is detachable from the cradle. The brains of the pump, it holds all your important information such as basal rates and bolus factors. Unlike the Omnipod pump, the Solo is designed for a 90 day life span. The Solo has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but no launch has been announced.
Cellnovo by Cellnovo is another patch pump looking to capture the market with its micro size and tracking devices. Developed by a merger of medical device and communications gurus, it advertises to revolutionize data collection and reporting for pumpers.
For example, the pump handset communicates directly with the company website for easy transfer of data, no cords or cabled involved. No word yet on when this pump will be available for sale, though.
Back in the wired world, Asante Solutions has received FDA 510K clearance for their Pearl pump, which features the use of pre-filled 300 unit insulin cartridges which can be used for up to seven days. Using the pre-filled cartridges reduces the time and effort required to change insertion sets. Asante is also supposedly introducing a pay as you go program to lower startup costs.
And then there is Tandem Diabetes Care’s t:slim, with upgrades to traditional pumps’ controls, design, and user interface. It’s up to 25 percent thinner than some competitors in the pump market. A color touchscreen and graphical user interface replaces the push buttons on previous generations of pumps. And their engineering team has come up with a way to deliver even smaller amounts of insulin per time.
Neither of these products has an official release date yet.
With all the innovations coming out of the pump market, it will be easier than ever before to customize your care to fit your lifestyle.