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MiniMed's Continuous Glucose Sensor For Diabetes Expected Soon

MiniMed's continuous glucose sensor should be available for patient use soon. The sensor is much like an insulin pump, in that a canula is placed under the skin. The tip of the canula holds the sensor and connects to an external device, similar in size to an insulin pump, which holds the sensor's computer and memory. The sensor measures glucose levels every 10 seconds, storing measurements for later computer analysis. The sensor also alarms when the glucose level drops below a pre-defined limit.

Initially, the device will be used as a "physician diagnostic device," meaning that it will be sold to physicians, not consumers. Patients will use the sensor for three days, after which they will return the sensor to their physicians for analysis of the data.

MiniMed anticipates developing a consumer version of the product.

For additional information, see MiniMed's Web Site.

Posted 31 May 1998

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