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Offline everydayupsanddowns

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Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« on: 05 October 2017, 01:01:15 PM »
I'm not a user, but (along with the withdrawal by Roche from the US pump market) I think this is pretty bad news for insulin pump users of whatever brand.

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/animas-corporation-to-close-operations-and-exit-insulin-pump-market-649555703.html

UK and Europe business seems to be unaffected - for now, but "A decision and timing to exit countries outside of the U.S. and Canada is subject to completing consultation with relevant works councils"
Mike

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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #1 on: 05 October 2017, 07:56:03 PM »
Thank you for posting that Mike.  I am due a new pump next month.  My clinic have ditched Roche pumps due to the technical hitches with the Insight and I have been told that they have negotiated deals with Animas and Medtronic.  Actually I was offered the Animas Vibe or the Roche Combo when I started on pump therapy.  Hard choice - waterproof v handset - I chose a pump with a handset.  However now it seems that with my clinic I will be offered the Animas or the Medtronic.  Seems the Medtronic is Hobsons choice!
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Offline Alan

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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #2 on: 05 October 2017, 09:51:05 PM »
Thank you for posting that Mike.  I am due a new pump next month.  My clinic have ditched Roche pumps due to the technical hitches with the Insight and I have been told that they have negotiated deals with Animas and Medtronic.  Actually I was offered the Animas Vibe or the Roche Combo when I started on pump therapy.  Hard choice - waterproof v handset - I chose a pump with a handset.  However now it seems that with my clinic I will be offered the Animas or the Medtronic.  Seems the Medtronic is Hobsons choice!

I've been watching the discussion on reddit. The US version of Medtronic is not getting a good customer support report there.
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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #3 on: 06 October 2017, 02:05:30 PM »
Medtronic has a monopoly of sorts in the US.  Last year they made a 'deal' with Medicare which is our system of healthcare for those people 65 and over.  This deal demands that anyone whose pump warranty expires in 2016 and in the future, will be put on the various models of Medtronic pump. Never mind if the pump you are currently using is the one that works best for you or that you prefer it.  Medtronic's cgm sensor leaves a lot to be desired and many are not happy about this new 'law'.  Alan is right, there are people who don't give Medtronic a good review for good reasons.  Their customer service absolutely is the worst at present.
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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #4 on: 06 October 2017, 03:57:23 PM »
Worrying stuff. I've only just got my new Vibe. I wonder if the battery compartment 'know fault' has cost them a lot. It was clear that it is a very common issue as both other pump users on my pump replacement day had had it. I was shocked as I thought I'd been really unlucky to have a pump fault after just 3.5 years.
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2/11 7.8%, 8/11 8.6% 9/11 8.3%.
3/12 62 (7.8%). 10/12 67 (8.3%)
4/13 63 (7.9%) 6/13 59 (7.5%)
1/14 71 (8.6%) 7/14 59 (7.5%) 11/14 (6.7%)
3/15 56 (7.3%) 12/15 49 (6.6%)
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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #5 on: 06 October 2017, 04:50:52 PM »
Alan

Thanks for the Reddit link.  It is most worrying!  I'll see what the clinic have to say.  I'm seeing the DSN next week.
Patti


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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #6 on: 15 October 2017, 09:26:12 PM »
I have a friend in another state who has a Animas Ping pump.  She has been told that Animas will be sending out supplies until the end of this year and then they will be switched over to the Medtronic 630g pump.  Animas didn't even notify its' clients but instead gave a press release which is how my friend was informed of the change.  Needless to say she is very upset as she really likes her Ping pump.  :(
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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #7 on: 17 October 2017, 08:15:38 PM »
I can understand that Kathy.  You'd have thought they could have actually contacted their customers.  Here I'd have expected to have heard it from my clinic....
Patti


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Offline GrammaBear

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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #8 on: 18 October 2017, 03:16:41 PM »
I can understand that Kathy.  You'd have thought they could have actually contacted their customers.  Here I'd have expected to have heard it from my clinic....

I agree Patti, one should hear important information like this from their clinic.  Instead Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Animas, simply "abandoned" their insulin pump patients.  One tends to lose respect for a company when it behaves badly.
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Re: Animas closing down and leaving insulin pump market
« Reply #9 on: 18 October 2017, 04:18:17 PM »
Very true!
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 April 2016.


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