[Disclosures first: I have a sponsorship relationship with Animas and have since early 2010, so everything said here is colored by that bias. For more information on my disclosures, you can read my disclosure page.]
I was really excited to see in my inbox this morning that the Animas Vibe insulin pump has been approved for use in the USA for adults. This device integrates my insulin pump and my CGM into one device, giving me one less thing to lose and one less thing to carry (and one less expensive thing to throw when frustrated). As a human being who is not a kangaroo, this is a plus for me. And integration with the CGM product that I know and trust (and also have a disclosure about – bias!) is an even bigger plus.
Worldwide President at Diabetes Care for LifeScan/Animas, Val Asbury said: “We are excited to celebrate this significant milestone in our efforts to expand Animas® Vibe’s™ global footprint and our insulin delivery offerings to adult patients (ages 18 years and older). Animas® Vibe™ is an important addition to our product portfolio because we are now able to offer patients in the US a solution that allows them to view glucose data and administer insulin right from the pump – simplifying and aiding in their ability to make more informed decisions and fine-tune insulin delivery.”
(For the record, Val and her team added their own little R-in-the-circle thing because they are official. I am not as official. I’m just excited.)
I asked the Animas team about upgrades for folks who are using an Animas pump but are still within warranty, and the response I received from Dave Detmers (Director of Communications) was: “Once Animas® Vibe™ is commercially available in the US, we will provide an EZAccess Upgrade program, which offers patients who qualify the opportunity to upgrade to our latest technology. More details will be available surrounding the EZAccess Upgrade program once the program has launched.” Like you, I am not sure how that will shake out, but once I have more details, I’ll share ASAP.
For now, I’m thankful that the Vibe has finally been approved by the FDA, as this moment marks progress. I like progress. And I’m excited to see it happening.