what types of insulin pumps are available in the UK?
what are the specific differences?
p.s. having read "think like a pancreas" by Gary Scheiner, decided insulin pump therapy is the only way forward. =D
- micksmixxxLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
There are a few different insulin pumps available in the UK, sir, but I only have experience of using one ... well, several, but from the same manufacturer, Medtronic/MiniMed.
If you're thinking of obtaining one on the NHS, there are certain criteria that you must meet before you'll be able to get one. NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) state:
"NICE recommends insulin pump use in cases where multiple dose insulin therapy has failed*, and the person is willing and able to use pump therapy effectively. A trained specialist team, with a specialist interest in pump therapy".
This means, of course, that your doctor/endocrinologist must ascertain whether or not one would be suitable for allowing you to control your blood glucose (sugar) levels more effectively. (Obviously, it helps if you've got these people onside.)
Take a look at the following page. You'll find that there are hyperlinks to different pump manufacturers where you can find further information.
As a point of interest, I can tell you that Animas is researching, along with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) the possibility of an 'artificial pancreas'. This is where a CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System) would work alongside a pump to increase and decrease insulin doses automatically. (Some of the current pumps already utilise CGMS, but they don't change insulin doses automatically. I've used such a system with my Medtronic/MiniMed Paradigm pump.)
Of course, Mr Sheiner is correct in believing that pump therapy is ONE WAY forward, but it's NOT the only way. There's research going on at the moment with regards to stem cell therapy, islet cell transplantation, etc. There are high hopes for what this might offer us. (Sadly, islet cell therapy, although it works short term, doesn't appear to have the longevity that had originally been hoped for. It also has it's own inherent risks as you need to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of your life, which can 'open you up' to other nasties.)
I'm not expert on the matter, and I'm not a spokesperson for any of the individual companies, but if you wish to know anything else, do please feel free to contact me. (Click on my avatar/photograph and send me an email.)
Be well, sir.
- 1 decade ago
A growing number of companies are producing insulin pumps. If you are interested in using an insulin pump you are advised to speak to your care team for guidance on what pump would suit you best.
A list of manufacturers and suppliers is given below. The pump models available will change from time to time as new products are brought onto the market.
Advanced Therapeutics (UK) Ltd
Advanced Therapeutics (UK) Ltd distributes the Deltec Cozmo 1700 & 1800 insulin pumps in the UK.
Advanced Therapeutics (UK) Ltd Napier House
Telephone: 01926 494222 Technical support: 07775 642 239 (24 hours)
Animas UK & Ireland
Animas currently supplies the following insulin pumps in the UK: Animas 2020 & IR1200.
Animas UK & Ireland
50-100 Holmer’s Farm Way
Tech Support: 0800 055 6606
Roche Diagnostics Limited
Roche Diagnostics Limited currently supplies the following insulin pumps in the UK: the Accu-Chek Spirit and the Accu-Chek D-TRONplus.
Roche Diagnostics Ltd
Accu-Chek Pump Care Line: 0800 731 22 91
Medtronic Ltd MiniMed
Medtronic MiniMed supply the following insulin pumps in the UK: the Paradigm 712, Paradigm 512, Paradigm 511 and the 508 pumps.
Suite 1, Sherbourne House
Croxley Business Centre
Telephone: 01923 212213 (switchboard) MiniMed Division: 01923 205159
Website: www.medtronic-diabetes.co. UK
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