Insulin pump overview, Accu-Chek Combo, Accu-Chek Insight, Senseonics, Eversense implantable CGM


Company: Medtrum

Brand: TouchCare

Pump name: A6 TouchCare System

Sensor augmented: Yes, with S6 CGM

from Medtrum.

Colour display: No

Company: Roche Diabetes Care

Brand: Accu-Chek

Pump name: Accu-Chek Combo

Sensor augmented: See sidebar.

Colour display: Yes

Careline: 24-hour technical support (UK

based during office hours). 0800 731

2291 (UK) / 1800 882 351 (ROI). There

are also training videos which can be

seen on YouTube/AccuChekUK

Supplies and accessories: MondayFriday 8am-6pm.

0800 731 2291 (UK)

1800 882 351 (ROI) plus online ordering.

There is a variety of pump and handset

skins, pump carry cases (including sports

belts, bra pouches and thigh pouches).

A6 TouchCare System

A relative newcomer, Medtrum is in the

process of introducing its A6 TouchCare

System to the UK. It incorporates a tubefree

disposable patch pump, a CGM

sensor and includes a Predictive Low

Glucose Suspend (PLGS) mechanism.

A semi-closed loop system, it can help

prevent hypos and reduce the burden of

monitoring and controlling glucose. Insulin

delivery is automatically suspended when

the sensor glucose is predicted to reach

the low limit in a set period of time. Basal

insulin will be automatically resumed

when the sensor glucose is within the

target range. The A6 TouchCare Pump is

compact and, due to being disposable,

needs no extra infusion sets. Relatively

thin, small and light it is easily hidden

under clothing despite combining a 200-

unit insulin reservoir, infusion set, pumping

mechanism, and power supply. Basal

patterns are stored in the pump, delivery

continuing even when the PDM is out

of range. Easy to operate, with remote

bolus dosing an option, it can be worn in

the shower, when swimming and doing

other exercise. The corresponding A6

TouchCare CGM has a seven-day sensor

life, is accurate and stable with a compact

and discreet transmitter that records and

fully uploads data automatically to the

Medtrum software. This is all managed

by the TouchCare Personal Diabetes

Manager (PDM) that fits in a pocket and

can be operated using just one hand

using smart remote control, which is to

say that it is connected to the sensor and

pump via Bluetooth. Using the PDM you

can see sensor information at a glance

including trend arrows with customizable

reminders and alerts.

Accu-Chek Combo

Combining a blood test meter which

doubles as a handset that controls the

pump, which is attached to your body via

Company: Roche Diabetes Care

Brand: Accu-Chek

Pump name: Accu-Chek Insight

Sensor augmented: See sidebar to left.

Colour display: Yes

Careline, supplies and accessories:

As above.

Accu-Chek Insight

The Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump

therapy system is the first insulin pump

to offer the option of using a prefilled

insulin cartridge, one of several aspects

that add to the ease of use, safe handling

and discreetness. Like the Accu-Chek

Combo, there are two main components:

the Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump and

a handset (the Accu-Chek Aviva Insight

diabetes manager). The diabetes manager

offers blood glucose monitoring, a built-in

clinically proven bolus advisor with data

management on-the-go as well as an

remote control function for the insulin

pump. Once placed under clothing, there

While neither the Accu-Chek Combo

or Accu-Chek Insight pump is

currently sensor augmented, Roche

is undertaking research into its ownbrand CGM system which is currently

undergoing clinical trials. Meanwhile,

as previously reported, Senseonics

has signed an exclusive distribution

deal with Roche for its Eversense

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

System. The agreement gives Roche, a

well-known diabetes player, the right to

market and sell the Eversense CGM in

some countries in Europe with a launch

in the UK expected before the end of

this year. The announcement came

after Senseonics announced CE Mark

approval for Eversense. The system

consists of a long-term wear sensor,

which is implanted subcutaneously

and can be worn for up to 90 days, a

transmitter, and a mobile app.

Roche/Senseonics report.



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