I have noticed over the past few days a lot of interest in the Artificial Pancreas project, the FDA and an online petition.
I know nothing of the project beyond the controversy it caused when the JDRF supported it and people felt that money was better spent on a cure rather than technology.
From what I have seen, and again, I need to do a lot more research, this will be a tool-a more advanced pump if you will. If this is correct, are we looking at a tool that will only be available to those that can afford it or will it be looked upon as similar to a pacemaker for a heart patient?
In Canada, we are still fighting to have insulin pumps covered in all provinces for all ages. Very few have coverage for CGM. How will the masses therefore afford to have access to another device...unless this is something for the masses again like an artificial limb or pacemaker.
Please feel free to email me direct if you can help me to better understand this rather than clog up the list. I don't mind standing behind something if I feel it will make a real difference. At the moment, I am just not sure I understand the planned way forward with this.
needs to be invented and go through trials. That is a lot of steps.
So I am all for advances in type 1 diabetes care that may fit into individual's life styles in a Your Diabetes May Vary kind of way. AP may work for some while GRI works better for others. I fairly sure none of it will make diabetes care easy but it may be less hard and that's better.