Okay – I maybe wording the title incorrectly – but this is my take on a copy of a letter from Animas Corporation. In a nutshell, as of January 1, 2016 my current pump aka George Michael (GM) will no longer function.
GM – who I acquired back in February 2012 – is no longer under warranty – that finished up in April 2012 – so he’s screwed for being replaced with one that will function past that date according to the letter. That’s despite him being a spanking brand new pump (manufactured in September 2011) – he has no protection – except I was told if I had technical issues I’m still permitted to call up for help. I am though forever an optimist thinking/hoping that he will last longer than the 2 years I seem to get out of the previous Animas pumps (Antonio Banderas and Salvador Dali) that I’ve had over the 4 years since I switched over from MDI (multiple dosage injections aka poor mans pump). Forking out $8K+ every 4 years (or get a loan at who knows what interest rate) – is not something I am looking forward. That’s a lot of cash to spend on a medical device that you hope lasts for awhile – but in the letter today – the software as of the Jan 1st date will no longer allow the pump to work. So, my dreams of writing a blog about how long my pump has served me with similar stories of pump users having their pump still working for close to 10 years – is in my eyes – a pipe dream.
In the letter, dated December 17, 2012 – it states – “ We want to inform you that the software included in the Animas 2020 insulin pump only operates until midnight on Dec 31, 2015. After this date, the pump will no longer deliver insulin and will generate a Call Service Alarm”. They go on to state that “this end of use date is not currently included in our product labelling.”
Hmm, wonder why they left that out for users like myself when we are looking at purchasing a life saving device that some of us have had to pay out of pocket for? Would I (we) have questioned owning a pump whose software stops functioning on such and such a date? I know I would, and now am pondering if I should just forgo pumping after George Michael bites the dust, or consider going with a pump manufacturer that will guarantee that my pump software will remain working beyond the warranty time frame. I have been shopping around to find another pump manufacturer that is available here in Canada – and have found one – but for now – I am holding my breath until I really have to consider replacing GM.
One thing my DH who works for an aircraft manufacturer, was saying that software on avionic boxes (e.g. transponder, air data computers, cabin software) gets updated regularly. If these weren’t updated, technically you cannot fly the aircraft without some of those updates – aka “unserviceable”. Why cannot the 2020 pump software be updated so that it works past this date of “expiry” stated in the letter? This is a question I am going to be putting to Animas Canada – to see if they can give me a legit question.
Come on GM - please live to at least December 31, 2015 - don't be like your former brothers in arms !!!