Medtrum A6 TouchCare pump

I’ve previously mentioned the Medtrum patch pump which received TGA approval for supply in Australia in February 2018, although we don’t yet know if anyone’s going to actually bring this to market. The pump is part of the A6 TouchCare System. Medtrum have a standalone “S6” CGM, and standalone “P6” patch pump, and the A6 system …

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Another “new” insulin for Australia

In April there was big news as Sanofi’s long-acting Toujeo U300 insulin was added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and thus became accessible to many people. It had received TGA approval some time beforehand and was available under private prescription, but the cost was significant. But at the time I failed to mention another new …

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Crossing the Drake

Is your insulin pump waterproof? What does that actually mean?

Insulin pumps are devices we continually wear, continuously administering a life-saving drug. Too little or too much, and our lives are in danger. So we need them to be reliable. So what happens if they get wet? What does it actually mean if our pump has been described as “waterproof”? And what can we do if …

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Backup insulin pens

For a change I’m not going to write here about the latest insulin pumps, CGMs, and closed-loop systems. This is about insulin pens, and possible compatibility between some models that the manufacturers won’t tell you about. Before I started using an insulin pump, I used injection pens for both my short-acting (“bolus”) insulin and my …

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“Hard” or “soft” expiry dates: a Spirit Combo story

We see “expiry” dates on many medical items, and some of them are often treated with a little disdain. For example, lancets tend to last for aeons, and CGM sensors don’t stop working right when their expiry date passes. The Accu-Chek Spirit Combo pump has a few “features” many people seem to not be aware of, …

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Cleo 90 infusion set – forgotten but not gone?

The Cleo 90 is an infusion set for insulin pumps which is available through Australia’s NDSS, but seems to have been forgotten by many people. Since 2010 I’ve used a variety of infusion sets with my pumps. The Animas Inset II (and the equivalent Medtronic Mio) and the Animas Comfort (and the matching Medtronic Silhouette). …

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Pump cannulae and infusion sets: what are the differences?

Cannulae (the plural form of “cannula”) are the tubes we stick into ourselves to infuse insulin from our pumps. They’re either made of steel or flexible teflon. Some go straight in (90˚) and are available in 6 or 9 mm lengths. Some are a lot longer. Today 6 mm is a common recommendation, although longer …

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