Smallest Insulin Pump System and First-Ever with a Touch Screen
SAN DIEGO, November 16, 2011—Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the Company clearance to market the t:slim™ Insulin Delivery System (t:slim). This new full-featured pump is the first-ever with a color touch screen, and is the smallest insulin pump system currently available. The t:slim is one of the first insulin pumps to be cleared under the FDA’s new Infusion Pump Improvement Initiative.
“With the clearance of t:slim, Tandem Diabetes Care has an opportunity to set a new standard in insulin infusion therapy,” said Kim Blickenstaff, president and CEO, Tandem Diabetes Care. “In creating t:slim, we spoke with more than 4,000 healthcare professionals and people with diabetes, and the clear message we heard was, ‘make it cool and make it uncomplicated to use. Give us access to the most advanced features without extra effort.’ The t:slim’s touch screen interface has been proven in extensive user studies to be easy to learn and to use by new and experienced pump users alike.”
Of approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. with type 1 diabetes, industry estimates indicate that only 20 to 30 percent use an insulin pump, despite clinical evidence that pump use can improve glycemic control and quality of life. Tandem Diabetes Care believes that enhanced ease of use and attractive design will encourage more patients to consider the clinical benefits of insulin pump therapy.
“Medical devices are often designed for the hospital setting, not for everyday life. Things like size, look, and feel are often overlooked,” said Dr. Timothy Bailey, director of the Advanced Metabolic Care and Research Institute. “Patients need an insulin pump designed to easily integrate into their daily lives. The device needs to be unobtrusive and look more like the consumer electronics they already use every day.”
The t:slim has a vivid color touch screen and was designed to make diabetes management easier to teach and easier to learn. Additional user-oriented features of this insulin pump include an eco-friendly rechargeable battery and USB connectivity to a web-based therapy management software.
As part of Tandem Diabetes Care’s commitment to excellence, the Company will be building its customer support, sales, clinical, and business operations in preparation for U.S. launch during the first half of 2012.
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About the t:slim Insulin Delivery System
The t:slim is a modern, programmable insulin infusion pump for people with diabetes mellitus age 12 and greater who require insulin. The pump’s streamlined interface provides users with quick and easy access to all the device’s functions. The t:slim features Tandem’s proprietary micro-delivery technology, which provides safe and accurate insulin delivery from a 300-unit cartridge, and allows for the device’s slimmest-in-class form factor.
About Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Dedicated to advancing the management of diabetes, Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (www.tandemdiabetes.com) is a privately held company with novel technology and a comprehensive, user-centric and integrated approach to product development and customer care. Tandem is based in San Diego, Calif.
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I need help. I've had t1 for 3 years now, out of control most of the time. My Dr suggested the meter and pump early on but I thought it would place me 1 step closer to disability or the wheelchair or grave. My insurance covers only 70%, my side would be approximately $1500, which I can not afford. But now it seems I have to get it being that I can no longer sense my lows all the time. Is there a way to cut out the middle man, the meter salesman so I can somehow afford this.? Is there a way to go directly to the company, in my case its Medtronic. I really really need this meter now or else a low can come along, I dont feel it, and if nobodys around, pass out and possibly die. If anyone can help with info on this matter or even what type of pump and meter. I basically have NO CLUE.
With "meter" do you mean a CGM (continuous glucose monitor)? It's a device that measures you BG every few minutes: you put a sensor under your skin and it lasts for a week. When it measures low an alarm starts up.
I think your problem could benefit from a CGM, but the cause of your lows has to be found and resolved anyway.
Do you use lantus ? Do you know CHO counting ?
If you want open a new topic, many will try to help.
yes a cgm, use levemir and humalog. i take cho counting has something to do with carb counting?
cho is an abbreviation for carbs, you hit the carb nail on the head!
I LIKE MY MINIMED522 BUT I WISH IT WAS LIGHTER AS FOR THE TOUCH SCREEN I WOULD HAVE TO SEE IT TO SEE IF I LIKE IT.
what does the t-slim look like?
I don't think I would like this pump if it's not going to be water proof like the Animas Ping, yes its smaller and more portable, but I like the features that I have bolus from remote and be able to live an active lifestyle as far as getting in the pool with out having to take off my pump.
Would they need anyone in Port St Lucie, FL (senior living on SS) to try it out for recommendation to other T1 diabetics???
Something is in the air....they're planning some announcement in the month of June!!
This is copied from an e-mail I received from Tandem:
Please look for another email from us about the t:slim launch. Launch date is June 8th, and that is when we can start collecting patient information, insurance and clinical data. The t:slim has an estimated ship date of early August.