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  • steve_r79 steve_r79 Mar 29, 2008 3:56 AM Flag


    Who wants a nasty needle permanently inserted in the body?

    This is NOT a nice feeling to know that you have these needle in you all the time.



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    • Dunno Steve,

      My patients seems to be attracted to this way of getting insulin. They get rid of the tubing required in convention pumps. Current draw backs include complete lack of software interface to download and interpret pump data. There's and infra red port, but what does it do? Watch out minimed. Omnipod is definately taking it's share of this business.

      • 1 Reply to weenstir
      • The new PDA introduced June 1 has a UBS port to download data and analyize the info. It works very well with the Co-Pilot software from Abbott.

        I am a diabetic (11 years now), I started on the OmniPodd in Feb '09. The improvement in my glucose control was almost immediate! The Podd can be hardly felt when attached to my body.

        After experiencing how well it works firsthand, I bought the stock. And BTW everytime I'm at the Doctor's office, he tells me more and more of his patients are moving onto the OmniPodd.

    • Needles are the most widely used. This is a much smaller needle therefore a benefit. Also they can't keep up with production now so some people must really like them compared to alternative. Agreed, no needles would be best but that is not where we are at at this time.

    • [quote]
      Who wants a nasty needle permanently inserted in the body?

      This is NOT a nice feeling to know that you have these needle in you all the time.


      POINT. [/quote]

      Have you used this product?

      Ifso for how long before you stopped?

      • 1 Reply to j10asen
      • As mentioned prior, it is not a "nasty" needle!!! It is a very small soft catheter inserted through the skin (epidermis) to rest some 6-9mm below the surface. My guess is you are not diabetic, not the parent of a diabetic and not a provider to this population. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) has been fantastic for type 1 diabetics because it allows a much more flexible and scalable ability to provide the body the micro amounts of insulin needed to maintain a more "normal" blood sugar as well provide the ability to bolus with meals and snacks. Otherwise the choice is multiple injections of a variety of type of insulins with those "nasty" needles up to 6-8 or more times a day. You try this and come back with an answer. Do this for 14 years (that's over 5000 days and don't forget the 6-8 times needed to check the blood sugar, or 30K more pinpricks of the fingers or arms or wherever).

        Currently my daughter has been on this insulin pump for 4+ months and doing great. She pumped for 6 years before taking a yearlong pump holiday. A1C climbed to 9.1% on shots and is already back to 7.3%.

        There are over 151K kids living with type 1 diabetes, 13K new ones diagnosed annually and this number is increasing. 1 in 800 people are estimated to be type 1 diabetics. There are 24M diabetics overall--and CSII is being looked at for some of these folks as well.

        So is there a need and a market for this device? Certainly. Why is my daughter using this--because as a teenager, she didn't want to have to deal with the accessory tubing that is part of the other pumps--google this and you will see.

        Is this market only usable for diabetes? Take the same technology and system, use pain-medications instead of insulin, and you now have a subcutaneous pump for treatment of chronic pain (post-surgical, hospice cancer patients, and on).

    • How ignorant can you be? Unfortunately people don't choose to be diabetic but needles are a fact of life for them from testing blood sugar to injections. To say who wants a needle in them all day is someone who is clueless as to the product and the disease. My son is type 1 diabetic and has been on the PODD for over a year. The needle inserted from the PODD is practically painless except for the initial insertion. I guess you would rather have 3 or 4 shots a day as the alternative. You probably don't donate blood because you hate needles also?

      Your ignorance aside, the failure rates on the PODDS is too high. It seems within the same lot, a few have failed in succession. Also, in the world of blackberry's and Apple Ipods, you would think they could have built a better monitoring unit. The screens break too easy and have a cheap feel.

      That aside, the Company's customer relations is top notch, responsive to emails and calls and generally a good group of folks. I hope this Company can survive as their product will make my son's life as normal as possible.

      I just hope people like you see and understand the benefits of the product but then again I probably didn't buy in a 24 and ride this pony down.

      • 1 Reply to hpconnect
      • I'd just like to echo the sediments of those that know what they are talking about.
        My son also has Type 1 diabetes.

        There is no question that using any form of insulin pump significantly increases ones freedom as well as gives much better control over their blood sugar numbers.
        Our son's A1C numbers have drastically reduced and we tried very hard to keep good control with needles.

        As far as failures go, well, no matter which system you choose, failure is a part of the game.
        Just as one can over or under dose with needles.
        You can strive for perfection, but some variables make it improbable, so you do your best.
        With any pump there is also chance of failure - the site may not take for some reason or it can be pulled out and not realized for some time.

        I think PODDs concept is a great one. With a few improvements I think they really could have one of the best systems out there.

    • You don't know what you are talking about. When first applied for a three day period the podd fires a needle and retracts it in less than 0.5 seconds. It leaves behind a thin, flexible plastic tube that remains in your body for the use period.

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