NICE recommends Medtronic's insulin pump systems

NICE recommends Medtronic integrated sensor-augmented insulin pump as the only therapy system to manage glucose levels in type 1 diabetes

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The MiniMed Paradigm Veo and MiniMed 640G systems, are the only systems said to offer low glucose suspend mode

The United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued positive guidance for the use of Medtronic insulin pump systems integrated with glucose sensors, for managing Type 1 diabetes and the avoidance of potentially life-threatening hypoglycemic episodes.

The guidance reviewed two sensor-augmented insulin pump therapy systems and recommends the MiniMed Paradigm Veo system for managing glucose levels in people with Type 1 diabetes who experience 'disabling hypoglycemia' - defined as repeated and unpredictable occurrence of low-blood sugar attacks that result in persistent anxiety about recurrence, and is associated with a significant adverse impact on quality of life.

Since the assessment of the MiniMed Paradigm Veo system in the Diagnostics Assessment Programme (DAP), NICE has recognised that in 2015, Medtronic launched a successor system, MiniMed 640G.

The MiniMed Paradigm Veo and MiniMed 640G systems, are the only systems said to offer low glucose suspend mode, both incorporate continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology, providing users with a more complete picture of their glucose levels. The system alerts users when their sensor glucose levels are falling too low or rising too high, and also mimics the human pancreas' ability to suspend insulin delivery automatically - protecting against the risk of ahypo, even when a person is asleep or unable to react.

Commenting on the guidance, Consultant Diabetologist of Harrogate District Hospital and ex-Clinical Lead for the NHS Diabetes National Insulin Pump Network, Dr Peter Hammond, said, "Avoiding episodes of severe or disabling hypoglycemia (hypos) can be one of the biggest challenges associated with managing Type 1 diabetes. Preventing hypoglycemic attacks, which put the lives of patients at risk and lead to costly A&E admissions and hospitalization, is a priority area for the NHS."

 

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