Paul Schickling, RPh, CDE
My insulin pump is transparent and I can see it's heart and watch as the motor delivers my basal and bolus insulin. What I can't see is just as important. One might say the pump has an electronic "soul". You still have to guide it along, but most of its functions you do not have to think about. It becomes part of you, and the only evidence it is working is better glucose control.
With offices in Miramar, Fla., Nipro Diabetes Systems manufactures the Amigo Insulin Pump in the U.S. Its parent company, Nipro Corporation, is a multi-billion dollar company headquartered in Osaka, Japan that has been a leader in the healthcare field since 1954. Nipro Diabetes Systems provides extensive insulin pump training and education through Certified Diabetes Educators, 24 hours a day.
Sooil has been making insulin pumps for the world market since 1981. Their newest pump, the DANA Diabecare II, received FDA approval in August, 2000, and about a year later began to be distributed in the U.S. The Korean-assembled DANA II is new to the U.S., but Dana has over 40,000 pump wearers worldwide.
Insulet Corporation is a privately-held company that has been in business since 2000. With the advice of diabetes patients, educators, and physicians, Insulet Corporation has developed a new solution to assist in diabetics efforts to live a healthier life. The OmniPod™ Insulin Management System has been specifically designed to make living with diabetes easier than ever by bringing together the proven healthcare benefits of continuous subcutaneous insulin delivery with FreeStyle® blood glucose monitoring technology in a safe, convenient, and discreet two-part system.
Roche acquired the durable Disetronic pump line in 2003 and then redesigned the pump and added additional features in multiple iteration.The newest, the Spirit Combo, is part of the Accu-Chek Combo Insulin Pump System. The new system includes the Spirit Combo insulin pump and the Aviva Combo blood glucose meter.