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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Apr 9, 2010 17:43
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  • FreeStyle Navigator Continuous Glucose Monitoring System


    Well, finally Abbott has come out of the dark to acknowledge what many Navigator customers have been complaining about over the past few months.  They can't get either the receivers (or transmitters) to their clients who use this system.  Zing - ouch!!!

    To read more of their announcement they made today - go to the link that follows - http://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/adc_dotcom/...

    I'm bringing this up in my blog today because Kelly Booth who is a PWD (person with diabetes) friend of mine that uses the Navigator.  She told me she was having some problems with receiving her order she had placed.  It appears that Abbott had stopped shipping Navigators (she wrote to me back in mid-March) and she had  not received any in the past 8 weeks!  She needs to use a CGMS due to suffering from many low BG's (she's not blessed like I am, where I am able to recognise when my blood glucose is doing down).  On top of all of this, I was hearing thru' the PWD grapevine that Abbott flunked an FDA (AKA GMP) audit.  Whether this was true or not, it's still scary that those PWD's (people with diabetes) are in this predicament.

     

     
    In the meantime, she gave the Dexcom 7 a run for a week (she told me she tried to hide from the rep when he came to take it back). There are many features of the Navigator she says she likes better (e.g. range is further on the Navigator, e.g. 10 feet when you go away from the remote).  The Dex 7 has a range of 5' 1" (her words are "bang, you're disconnected").  It is just as accurate and she actually likes the alarms better on the Dex 7.  She's even now thinking of perhaps going on a pump next as well, and the Dex 7 is supposed to be linked with Animas this fall.

    Anyone out there reading this, if you are using the Navigator - how have you been coping with not getting your orders filled?  Have you gone the root that Kelly has done in contacting her Attorney General's website to file a complaint (she had requested a refund of $7,165.00)?

    NB
    :  I thought I'd pop this in - because I use the Freestyle Lite blood glucose monitor - Abbbot has made a statement saying  "  No other Abbott Diabetes Care or FreeStyle® products are affected by this situation. 
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  • By: FatCatAnna: Apr, 12, 2010 16:31 PM
    Update from Kelly Booth - you can either go to her blog at WordPress here - or read the teaser below to entice you to check out the rest.  Either way - she appreciates any comments from others who have been experiencing the same problems with receiving their supplies from Abbott (I didn't realise this is the second time that this has happened).

    I just can't imagine if there was a death related to someone not having their supplies in order to wear their Nav to help them sleep thru' the night.  I think that would be my worst fear - hypos at night - if you are unaware could lead to serious results that I shudder to think about.


    So, here's the teaser ....

    Abbott finally stepped up to the plate on Thursday & offered customers money back if they wanted to return their Freestyle Navigator and get another system.  The day after Abbott came out with their offer, Dexcom came out with a special deal for Navigator users.  I had already started the process for getting a Dexcom and was just crossing my fingers that it would not be too much of a fight with my insurance company to get it.  I called Dexcom about the deal.  They had received the paperwork from my doctor that very day so all they need from me is the money.  As soon as I get my money from Abbott, my Dexcom will be ready to ship.  Abbott promised a quick turnaround, so I hope they keep that promise.  I have been without a CGMS for 10 weeks now so am anxious to get started on the Dex



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