I haven't looked into it lately but if I wanted a pump, the Omni is the one I would choose also. The Animas2020 would be my 2nd choice. Did you ask your Endo? I could call the pump educator that took me through the whole display and functionings of each pump, if you'd like. That was the end of January '09. Perhaps she would know. Or you must have a pump educator at your Hospital also.
The Animas2020, MiniMed Link, Accu-Chek Spirit and Cozmo were the ones that were supplied here. She said the Omni wasn't available at that time, of course. Since the Cozmo is no longer being manfactured, I was thinking that they'd have to replace it with another pump maybe. Possibly the Omni?
I have talked to my endo and he had said it wasn't available yet and they had stopped returning his emails so I sent the company an email and they said it wasn't available yet, but it was planned for in the future. I was hoping that maybe someone on here had already spoken with the right people and maybe knew when it was likely to happen. Might try a different pump if I can't get the Omni for 10 years, ya know?
Oh, Good show! The company would know better, of course, when they have the orders from Canada. They are not approved here yet then. It won't take 10 years. :D The FDA would be the Right People to contact then.
I actually received an email back from Omnipod about two weeks ago stating that they expect to release this system in Canada mid-late 2010. I've been checking in with them for the last couple of years. Take it with a grain of salt, I guess. Until there's some sort of media news release and or approval we just keep our fingers crossed as usual.
The way I look at it, there is absolutely no way that Health Canada can ignore this technology forever. Solo (www.solo4you.com) already has a similar product which just launched in the USA, so it won't be long before these companies will want to snap up markets and opportunities. Great things are happening, I just hope they get here soon!
i have been trying to find this out too. what i have found out is: the omnipod has been approved for sale here in canada as of September 2009. I emailed the company on 3 different occasions in january and did not recieve a reply. Finally I called them (2 or 3 weeks ago now) and spoke to 2 different people (one of whom kept going to check with their supervisor) and they told me they need to find a distributor in canada and that there are other legalities. I asked if they could tell me when they expect it to be available here they told me they cannot give me any sort of a timeline. I explained that if it would be sometime this year we would wait and that if we took out a loan for a $7000 insulin pump then they were here a few months later we would feel like we wasted our money (we definately prefer the omnipod). They still said they cannot give me any kind of timeline, so we have started trying to get an animas ping. luckily though they need $1500 down to do payments which we don't have so nothing has gone through yet. i will definately check with omnipod again before we committ with animas.
i just spoke to the company and the representative I spoke with said they haven't been told anything about when they will start selling in canada and that she doesn't know what the hold up is. Did your email say that for sure they will be selling here this year. we are in the proccess of trying to take payments for the animas ping, but will halt that and wait if we know for sure the omnipod will be here this year!
wow, i am sure glad we haven't purchased a pump yet then. I even told them when i phoned that I would be real upset if i spent all kinds of money on a pump only for the omnipod to be available a few months later....
In many provinces in Canada the pump is now paid for in the case of children, and in many cases for adults. Ontario has paid for mine and I know in BC and Alberta it i 100% paid for children under 18. Maybe Manitoba is not there yet.....
unfortunately Manitoba isn't there. if we can't get our insurance to cover (trying once more) or find a service group to donate it, we have been discussing moving to BC. we would need to live there for at least 6 months before he would qualify, though.
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