Echo Therapeutics - Symphony tCGM System

Topic Title: Echo Therapeutics - Symphony tCGM System
Created On: 05/09/2012 11:07 PM

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 10/18/2014 01:14 AM

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I always wanted to know about BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITORING. So after a google search I found I'd recommend it!

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I don't watch daytime telly too often - but today I lucked in on seeing that an American show called "The Doctors" was going to talk about a painless way of blood glucose monitoring.

Dr. Patrick Mooney, CEO of Echo Therapeutics based in the United States showed how the device works on the show (here is a marketing video showing how the system works). No needles are involved like the CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring systems) that we all know of today - which have a sensor inserted under the subcutaneous skin. Instead - a special device that he called the Prelude prepares the top layer (transdermal) of your skin which takes about 3-5 seconds prior to sticking the bio-sensor on. The bio-sensor is a sticky backed device and is mounted onto the skin and begins monitoring your blood glucose within 30 minutes time. No introducer needle / sensor into the skin is left in place (I hated this bit when I tried using the Medtronic CGMS) The bio-sensor has to be removed every day or so - as the dead skin grows back - and moved elsewhere onto your torso.

According the Dr. Mooney, the device will be available in Europe for for the first 1/2 of 2013, and hopefully with FDA approval, Americans maybe able to get it later on that year.

So perhaps the days of 10-18 vampire pricks (lancets) a day for most diabetics who closely monitor their blood glucose will be a thing of the past? Curious to know what the cost will be - since I know the CGMS systems currently available are not cheap - and often insurance providers won't cover the cost of it.

Anna from Montreal, Canada
Type 1 since 1967
Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!

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