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MiniMed 640G Insulin Pump System Mimics Healthy Pancreas

The newly developed insulin pump system for type 1 diabetes patients is not yet available in the U.S….

The new device, available in Australia, Denmark, and the U.K., is small, about the size of a MP3 player. The system is the first in the world to both automatically suspend insulin delivery when sensor glucose levels are predicted to approach a low limit and resume insulin delivery once sensor glucose levels recover. The system includes the Enhanced Enlite(TM) sensor, which continuously monitors glucose levels with accuracy and comfort. It also incorporates a new insulin pump design to provide convenient diabetes management with a simple user interface, full-color screen, waterproofing and remote bolus.

“Managing hypoglycemia and rebound hyperglycemia after treatment is one of the biggest challenges of managing diabetes,” said Prof. Tim Jones, clinical professor at the University of Western Australia, and head of the diabetes department at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, Australia. “By suspending insulin delivery before the sensor glucose reaches a low limit, the MiniMed 640G System4 can help prevent severe hypoglycemia. In addition, with this new feature, hyperglycemic rebound may be avoided by resuming insulin delivery once those glucose levels recover, making this a very valuable tool for achieving better glucose control.”

SmartGuard (or predictive low glucose management) technology, the first of its kind in the world, is designed to optimise the MiniMed 640G System’s ability to better protect people with diabetes against lows throughout the day and night with multiple low-limit settings that can be tailored to individual needs.Convenient new features include a simpler menu, full-color, light-adjusting screen, customizable alerts and alarms, and waterproofing in up to 12 feet of water for 24 hours at a time.

In addition, the MiniMed 640G System exclusively uses the Bayer CONTOUR® NEXT LINK 2.4 blood glucose meter to provide highly accurate blood glucose testing7, automatically transmit blood glucose results into the Bolus Wizard(TM) calculator to help ensure that patients do not have a manual entry error, and to calibrate the Enhanced Enlite sensor. It also allows patients to discreetly give a bolus of insulin remotely from the meter. The meter provides added convenience to help patients manage their diabetes effectively.

Medtronic Press Release