FDA Approves Medtronic’s Remote Diabetes Monitor

The mySentry remote monitor

| Jan 9, 2012

Minneapolis-based Medtronic, Inc., has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has given it the go-ahead to market its mySentry monitor, which allows caregivers to check the blood sugar of a diabetic person sleeping in another room. The bedside monitor, which costs around $3,000, works in tandem with Medtronic's MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time RevelTM System, a combined insulin pump/continuous glucose monitor unit.

The mySentry device allows parents or caregivers to remotely view glucose trends and monitor insulin pump status, including battery life and the amount of remaining insulin. It sounds an alert to caregivers whenever any of the indicators it tracks becomes worrisome.

According to current research, about 75 percent of all hypoglycemic episodes occur at night. Many parents and caregivers wake up several times during the night to check the blood sugar levels of a diabetic child or patient in order to prevent hypoglycemia, which can lead to coma or death.

"Advances in continuous glucose monitoring, including remote monitoring like mySentry, have given parents an added level of protection from dangerous nighttime hypoglycemia occurring in their sleeping child, as well as a means to improve their quality of life," said William Tamborlane, MD, chief of pediatric endocrinology and deputy director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.

Medtronic reports that the remote glucose monitor marks the launch of a new category of "Connected Care" solutions, designed to provide people with diabetes and their caregivers with more convenient options for accessing diabetes management information.

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Categories: Blood Sugar, Caregivers, Connected Care, Continuous Glucose Monitor, Diabetes, Diabetes, Food, Hypoglycemia, Insulin Pump, Medtronic, MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel System, mySentry Monitor, Remote Glucose Monitor, US Food and Drug Administration

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Posted by Anonymous on 10 January 2012

This is a joke! $3,000.00 for a wifi or RF alarm? Really! More proof why insurance costs are so high and we are getting screwed. The JDRF loves to push Medtronic and the insulin pumps because Medtronic donates $250,000.00 per year to the JDRF (see JDRF website regarding Major Partnerships). No wonder they push the pumps. Since this is really only an alarm monitor, where's the $0.99 APP for the smart phones? You mean to tell me we have to spend $3k because Medtronic couldn't create an app? Thanks but no thanks. Instead of applauding, where's the outrage? This is more price gouging in a shiny package.

Posted by Anonymous on 17 January 2012

I just have one word: EXPENSIVE

Posted by Anonymous on 4 April 2012

You must not have a Juvenile diabetic child! Yes it is expensive, but this is NOT something that Android can make an "app" for! There has to be a monitor that the person wears that communicates with this alarm. So which would you prefer; paying $3000 to save your child's life OR possibly have your child DIE due to hypoglycemia! Unfortunately it is thoughts from people such as the ones who posted, that prevent insurances from covering such a life-saving medical device!

Posted by Anonymous on 28 June 2013

As a parent of a child who is a Type 1 diabetic, this is a wonderful tool which would have saved us several trips to the emergency room. I can tell you from personal experience it is horrifying to watch your child have a low blood sugar seizure. You are completely helpless.

I agree $3000 is excessive but if my child would wear the CGM device I would gladly sacrifice to pay for this device.

The issue we have is that the CGM is painful to insert, not always accurate and does not stay put when the person wearing it sweats.

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