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J&J Enters the Patch Pump Market.

J&J is adding a patch pump to their arsenal. Actually, it's a patch pen, used to deliver mealtime insulin. Wicked!  I just received this info from their communications team:

"On Friday, July 13, LifeScan, acquired Calibra Medical, Inc. of Redwood City, CA. Calibra Medical is the developer of a unique, wearable three-day insulin patch designed to offer a convenient and discrete mealtime insulin dosing option for people with diabetes who take multiple daily injections (MDI) of insulin. While not yet available, this new insulin patch is intended to make it easier for patients to adhere to their prescribed mealtime insulin therapy and help them achieve and maintain good diabetes control.

We’re committed to providing patients with innovations that help improve their lives at every stage of their diabetes management.  The acquisition of Calibra Medical represents an important addition to our portfolio of insulin delivery offerings that include the Animas family of insulin pumps.
Calibra was a privately held venture and this is an early stage acquisition.  The terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed and we are not commenting on when we expect the product will be available.  There are a number of milestones that must be met before the product can launch."

The info I found for Calibra Medical Inc.'s patch pump looks a little generic, but I'm excited to see where this goes.  I love seeing more options on the insulin delivery table.  I'll definitely be following up with more details as I scout them out. 

Edit:  Bernard had a great post a few years back about this pump, with more detail.  :)


I like that there would be more tubeless options, but I only see the mention of mealtime insulin, not basal insulin...

This patch pump sounds like an interesting way to bridge the gap between pens and insulin pumps, especially for the visually impaired. I have a friend who wants a pump but he can't see the screen. He could hear the click of a bolus on a patch, though. Neat idea. Thanks for telling us about it.

Thanks for sharing this, Kerri.
Did anyone else go to their site and notice that picture under the word "discreet" of the bride and groom apparently toasting hot dogs? Is that #bolusworthy for a wedding meal? Just sayin'... ;-)

There was another private company out there, maybe 3 years ago, that I thought had an amazing tubeless pump. Can't for the life of me think of the name. The reservoir/brains separated from the infusion set so that if the site crapped out you weren't tossing a full reservoir, which I always thought was a short coming of the OmniPod (is it still that way?). It was also low profile. I had gotten a sample of it and loved it.

The pump you are thinking of......was it the SOLO? My son is on the Omnipod....yes you still would lose the insulin when a pod goes bad... But it hardly e ER happens for him anymore.

So cool! It's a great idea for easy insulin. The two things though, are that you still take lantus (dawn phenomenon, anyone?)and that you can't give .5 units... I still have a 1:30 ratio if I have a morning snack... But it's a great idea, and I can imagine it being really convenient like in a movie theater, rather than drawing up, or wasting insulin in the dark.

Definitely want one.....that's my biggest weakness !!

I don't,get it....is there no needle on this device? How does the insulin get through your skin? Where does it come from?

I appreciated Bernard's "out of the box" ideas to use something like this for Symlin, or any of the other non-insulin meds being used today.

Totally off-label, but we've never been known to follow rules.

floreksa, you can draw the insulin out of the pod if it goes bad. Just an FYI. No need to waste insulin.

It looks like an imitation of Omnipod. My family has been pretty darn pleased with the Omnipd.

my daughter is looking for a new pump

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