I just returned from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) annual meeting in San Diego. Lots of interesting material, and I am still digesting most of the clinical presentations that I attended On the exhibit floor, and of particular interest to this group, was the fact that ,as noted previously, the new Gen 4 probe from Dexcom is now approved in the EU. Both Dexcom and Animas were showing the new Vibe pump. It is essentially an upgraded Ping with a color screen and with the Dexcom CGMS fully integrated. I had an opportunity to play with it, and compared it to my Ping. The Vibe was significantly faster than the Ping when I scrolled up a 10 unit bolus, so once available, it should actually work better and not just look better.
The Vibe has been approved in the UK, but has not yet been launched there. It has not been filed to the FDA yet, and the most that I could learn is that some of the booth staff were hoping for a filing before the end of the year. It was quite apparent, however, that this was purely aspirational on the part of those people I spoke with. Animas has no official projection as to when it will be filed. One should not expect to have the Vibe approved in the US for at least 18 months (my personal best estimate). I also got a chance to see the new Ping 1.5 meter that is available in Canada – this is the one with the nice color screen.
I spoke to the Animas people about the pilot testing of the new pump clip. I was told that somewhat fewer than 100 people were asked to test the new clip. Many of the booth staff had not seen one and were quite curious to examine the one I have been wearing. Again, there is no certainty, but I got the impression that their hope was to have the new clip available before the end of the year. Of course, this might depend on the feedback that Animas receives from those actually testing it out in the real world.