There are now FOUR choices of insulin pump in Canada.
Shakes up my own pump decision a bit - I’d just settled on t:slim but was waiting to see what their app is like (supposed to appear in the App Store any time now), but now need to consider this option.
Apparently the app that goes along with this pump has also been approved, but it’s not yet in the App Store.
it already supports Android APS. What I love about that is there is NO Riley Link. To me, not having to troubleshoot a somewhat finicky homebrew minicomputer would be fabulous. Loop works really well, but the case often breaks and it’s just one more thing Samson has to carry in his little diabetes suitcase.
yeah, that’s what I mean; I’m mainly interested in the Dana, not the Ypsopump, for that reason. To me, the Dana R is a significant value add over Loop with a Medtronic pump because it means ditching the minicomputer. But the OmniLoop or another tubed pump doesn’t really appeal that much to me.
Pumps are sort of awkward. There are no government rules that will stop you from buying a pump BUT the pump manufacturers usually want to have an intimate relationship with you and tend to be worried about people who self manage their diabetes without a doctors involvement. If you know what I mean.
Yes, but I have heard (only through blogs and Twitter, mind you) that some of the DIY people (perhaps not Loop…I still get all the different ones mixed up) are looking at the Ypsopump as a possibility.
Is the Dana pump using Bluetooth? What makes it compatible with Loop (or other systems) while pumps like t:slim and Ypsopump and future OmniPods aren’t compatible (and I’ve heard may never be as Bluetooth is encrypted).
A lot of the “negatives” aren’t really negatives for me, either. The bolus calculator, for example, is something I rarely use on my pump, so I don’t care too much about it, and having it on an app would actually probably result in me using it more.
I heard (just on Twitter) that they are aiming to apply and/or get (wasn’t sure which) FDA approval in late 2019.
Aside from what @Aaron said about the pump companies, you’d also need a prescription. That would mean you’d need to see an endocrinologist, which would mean you’d have to see a GP to get a referral to an endocrinologist, since you can’t just call specialists up to make appointments here. And then, I would suspect, any good endocrinologist would want to build a relationship over at least a few appointments before prescribing something as involved as an insulin pump. Also, I’m not sure what the situation is like today since I got my last pump eight years ago, but both pumps I’ve received have required a couple training and follow-up appointments with a nurse at a hospital-based diabetes clinic (not my endocrinologist’s office).
You do not need a prescription BUT… To order my last pump I just called the distributor and gave them my information and they shipped the pump to me (and told me to wait till training to use it…). I did have to give a doctor’s name and I think they followed up with the doctor to “sign off” on giving me the pump and providing initial pump settings. Of course the doctor did not sign-off so they called the doctor to make sure he was ok with me getting the pump (which he was) and I just used my own settings and put them in without the doctor’s “setting sheet”.
Interesting. I’ve always had my endocrinologist fill out a statement of medical necessity. But maybe this is just for insurance purposes? I’m amazed that they don’t require a prescription for a pump or insulin (something that can kill you) but require a prescription for equipment that wouldn’t be able to kill someone… I’m guessing if you don’t get a prescription you need to pay out of pocket?