March 24, 2010

Dear FDA II

Hi there FDA. Me again.

I don’t mean to get on your nerves and I am sorry if I am. Well not too sorry, maybe a little.

Anyway I was skimming through some websites tonight and I read a bit that seemed to relate to the whole meter accuracy thing. I used some of it here, admittedly a little out of context, but hey it still seems to make the point that treating diabetes is critical. There are real risks, so improvement to robust and reliable traditional blood glucose meters has enormous potential benefit.

Well kinda, these are the bit I lifted that from:

…critical initiative of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to accelerate the development and availability of a safe and effective … treatment of diabetes mellitus.


Compounding… difficulty is the trade-off between improved glycemic control and an increased risk for hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels), which can cause seizure, coma and death.


… robustness and reliability are still in need of improvement…


… require… using a traditional blood glucose meter…
…enormous potential benefit
So FDA, in case you still can’t place those bits here's a reminder. Y’all said’m. You were talking about the artificial pancreas.

More accurate meters will help you acheive your critical path initiative. (Hey don't do it for us do it for yourself!)

Oh by the way we are artificial pancreases now.


(YDMV's note. I didn't put this on the FDA comments site. A bit flippant. Think I should?)