News on the "patch pen" bolus-only pump

By MHoskins2179 Latest Reply 2016-03-03 20:56:33 -0600
Started 2012-07-19 12:16:07 -0500

So, back in 2010 a small California company got FDA approval for the Calibra Medical Finesse system.

This was the DiabetesMine coverage at the time:

Basically, it's more like an insulin pen turned into a patch pump for boluses, but not basals. Now, on July 13, LifeScan - a J&J company - has acquired Calibra Medical. There's no word on whether any tweaks will happen to this device or when it might be available. But I'm interested in hearing thoughts on how impressive this seems to fellow PWDs, especially those on multiple-daily injections for boluses who might prefer only using syringes for long-acting insulin. Would this motivate more people, Type 2s or Type 1s, to embrace this type of device? Let us know! Thanks!

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luvmipuppy 2016-03-03 09:36:54 -0600 Report

I recently came across information on this product…and was so excited to find out there was a device just like what I've been asking my dietician/diabetes educator about. I've been inquiring if any pump currently out there would do just that, only dispense "meal time" insulin, to alleviate the all day long need for shots. I am not comfortable, with a standard pump, that gives both basal and bolus insulin. Partly I don't trust how well they work without malfunctioning…but mostly because the one time a day shot is not the problem for me, it is the day time all day long shots that are most intrusive in my life and the biggest hassle! So after researching whether the standard pumps could deliver only bolus I came across the "Finesse pen patch", and was so excited about it, until learning it was not yet released. So I contacted the company who came out with this ingenious device. I was referred to their marketing dept and after leaving a voicemail inquiry about the launch date of this product, (over a week ago) I have not heard back from them yet. I am sure they are bombarded with calls about this, but wish they had some way of relaying even a guessed projection (not a promise) of a launch date. Or just any information on their plans to release. I read they had an estimated launch of 2016 but were in need of funding to manufacture. Such a let down!! I find that with all new devices I get my hopes up, as it seems to have a benefit and could help so many people living with this chronic illness, and has the potential to make our everyday lives better, it is almost unfair to tease us with information on a product that will never come out…or be so many years we'd have to wait with an unknown launch date. I came across another product today, a CGM that does not require finger pricks (AMAZING!!) but again, not attainable for us in the US. It is ONLY currently available in the UK. So disappointing. For anyone interested in reading about it, it is called the Freestyle Libre by Abbott. A very cool product. The other down side to this product in addition to it not being available here, is that the sensor is only approved to be used on the back of the arm, not the most discreet of places. Not yet approved for use on other sites, as of yet, but they are working on it. Either device or both would be wonderful to have!! So I hope and pray for a way to make my days and the days of so many others living with this illness, so much easier!

Type1Lou 2016-03-03 11:04:04 -0600 Report

Got Washed Out's message. As a Type 1 since 1976, I only started pumping insulin since 2011 but I love the pumping experience. I've gained tighter control and greater flexibility with less overall insulin through pumping. I have only used a Medtronic Minimed Revel 523 pump and do not use a CGM due to no insurance coverage for CGM's. I actually love the ability to vary my basal insulin delivery depending upon what is actually happening. If I am low, I can suspend my basal insulin until my BG comes back up. I can also reduce it if I will be exercising to prevent a low as a result of that exercise. You can't do that with shots of long-acting insulin…once it's injected, it's there for the duration. I've just accepted your friend request. If you have other questions, please feel free to send me a private message. You may wish to look at the March/April issue of the ADA's Diabetes Forecast which has the latest product reviews and there is a whole section on pumps and CGM's as well as a discussion of the V-Go which is designed for Insulin BOLUS delivery to Type 2's. It is a disposable, 24-hour device.

WASHED OUT 2016-03-03 10:05:14 -0600 Report

Your question should be viewed by Type1Lou she has come through all the current changes and has the life history of how it has affected her control.

luvmipuppy 2016-03-03 10:23:22 -0600 Report

Thanks Washed Out. Not sure how to have her see it, unless I send her a private message with a link, maybe? I have to see if we are friended thru DC first, so I can send her the message. I would love to get her input on this topic!

luvmipuppy 2016-03-03 10:56:25 -0600 Report

Thank you. I figured out how to friend request her…and I think she just approved it. But it's cool if you message her now…I may not get to chat with her until later, after a dr appt.