New glucometer systems
on US market in 2013
A number of innovative diabetes products were introduced to the
market in 2012. The list includes a number of new glucometers.
- Insulet’s Next-Generation OmniPod System is comprised of a
smaller pod and an updated personal diabetes manager (PDM).
- Abbott’s FreeStyle InsuLinx System - the first touch screen
- OneTouch Verio IQ - the first glucometer that searches for
and alerts about high or low blood glucose patterns.
- Sanofi’s iBGStar - the first
iPhone/iPad basic adapter that turns it to a glucometer.
- Labstyle Innovations' Dario - a basic adapter that turns almost any smartphone into a blood glucose
- Dexcom G4 - the long anticipated improved
continuous glucose monitor
Seems that some of these diabetes products will be approved in 2013 and will soon after be
available in the USA.
Insulet’s Next-Generation OmniPod System is
comprised of a smaller pod and an updated personal diabetes manager (PDM). The new OmniPod insulin pump is 34%
smaller, 25% lighter and 16% slimmer than the original model, while maintaining the same 200-unit insulin
reservoir capacity and easy-to-use features.
Slimness is the greatest advantage of this new
pod. It also has a new pink slide insert, which is visible through its top, and helps to verify that the
cannula has deployed.
The new personal diabetes manager has some
enhanced functionalities, designed to improve the existing system. The PDM status screen shows the details about
current insulin on board (IOB). Correction and meal boluses are used to calculate IOB when the suggested bolus
calculator is on. Another improvement in the next-generation OmniPod is the increased (up to 5 ft) communication
distance between the PDM and pod during regular use.
Animas Vibe, has been available out side the U.S. since 2011, first using the old Dexcom 7 sensor and now available
with the new Dexcom G4.
Animas Vibe with Dexcom G4 Sensor is now available in the
This new glucometer system is an insulin pump combining
state-of-the-art Dexcom G4 sensing technology with all the features of the Animas pump. The Vibe is durable and
waterproof and has a color screen which, like the Dexcom G4, shows where glucose is headed and how fast using color
trend arrows and lines. The color-coded trend lines indicate that glucose levels are low, high, or within the
target range relative to the setted low and high alerts. Diabetic can also customize alerts to tell when it's
going high or low. The Vibe has a non-adjustable hypo safety alert set at 55 mg/dl.
The Cellnovo mobile diabetes management system contains
two parts – handset and pump.
The slim, discreet patch pump has no buttons or a physical
connection to a control unit and allows its user to choose where and how to wear it.
The pump is rechargeable and each system comes with two
pumps and a recharging station so that there is always a Cellnovo pump primed and ready. The user can choose to
have long or very short infusion tubes, allowing the infusion site to be somewhere other than where the pump is
With its color touch screen, the handset is looking like a
smartphone. The pump is controlled wirelessly. It also has a built-in blood glucose monitor and a mobile data
connection to the Cellnovo web portal. Mobile connectivity ensures that real-time information is available anytime
and anywhere for patients, family and clinicians.
The handset runs a series of apps to help the diabetic keep
track of diet, insulin, blood glucose and exercise. Physical activity is even recorded automatically from a sensor
in the pump.