May 22, 2014

Surveillance Success!

Good News!

The Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) this week announced the launch of the DTS Surveillance Program for Cleared Blood Glucose Monitors. This surveillance program will provide independent assessment of the performance of cleared blood glucose monitors following Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance against accepted standards, and generate information that can assist patients, healthcare providers, and payers in making the right product selection.
Initially the program is being supported by Abbott but DTS says that other BG Monitor manufacturers are currently looking into coming on board.  They (and I think all of us in the community) would welcome funding from other sources that recognize the importance of and wish to lend their support to surveillance of cleared BG Monitoring systems to obtain information about the performance of these products.
The announcement says there will be patient advocates involved. I asked DTS who that would be and they replied, "Patient advocacy groups will be selected based on recommendations by the Steering Committee and the Board of DTS." I may have thoughts on the matter too. 
Finally I asked, what do we need to do to make surveillance mandatory, because, I assume it will start as voluntary?
DTS's reply was, the program can be made mandatory if a special rule is developed by FDA or if a law is passed by Congress.

So there is still advocacy work to accomplish.