Glucose monitors have come a long way since the hulking, brick-sized meters of the seventies. Now, new technology has created smaller and lighter monitors the size of pagers. However, people with diabetes everywhere are still feeling the pain of testing. When will painful finger pokes no longer be necessary?
Twenty First Century Health Inc., a new products development company, has announced their acquisition of the exclusive rights from Milton Fuller and Solid State Farms to develop a non-invasive monitor that measures hemoglobin A1c.
Biocontrol Technology, Inc. has been receiving a great deal of attention regarding its Diasensor 1000 non-invasive blood glucose meter. Stockholders have been calling the (DIABETES HEALTH) office asking if we know what is going on with Biocontrol-when will the device be ready to market?
Why would patients veto a device that can monitor glucose levels without the need for blood? Because they had to put the device in their ear. Though technically non-invasive, focus groups found the process unappealing.
As clearly demonstrated by the DCCT, blood glucose monitoring is a critical element in the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels. Cygnus Therapeutic Corporation in Redwood City, California is working on a new non-invasive glucose monitoring system that could dramatically change the way people with diabetes monitor their glucose levels. Unlike the current procedure, which measures the level of glucose in the blood based on blood samples drawn from the fingertips, the new system is non-invasive, and utilizes interstitial fluid rather than blood.
Biocontrol Technology Inc. of Pennsylvania will give away its first non-invasive blood glucose sensor to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF) for a charity auction. The sensor will be awarded to the highest bidder, with all proceeds going to the JDF. Biocontrol Technology plans to file a 510K application with the Food and Drug Administration soon, and hopes the new sensor will be available in the Spring of 1994.
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