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Integrated diabetes management system is cleared for wireless blood glucose data transmission

Medtronic : 29 April, 2008  (New Product)
The US FDA has cleared the OneTouch UltraLink Meter as the new wireless meter exclusively certified by Medtronic to wirelessly communicate with the company’s diabetes management products in the USA.
The new meter uses Medtronic-certified wireless technology to transmit glucose readings directly to MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps and the Guardian REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. The meter makes bolus dosing more accurate and easier for patients compared to the manual entry of blood glucose readings.

The OneTouch UltraLink Meter is the newest addition to the long-trusted OneTouch Meter Family - the number one prescribed meter brand - and uses OneTouch Ultra Test Strips, the number-one selling test strip in the USA. Data transmitted from the OneTouch UltraLink Meter can be viewed via Medtronic’s proprietary CareLink Therapy Management Software, the only software that integrates meter, logbook, insulin pump and real-time continuous glucose monitoring information to help patients and physicians more easily assess and manage diabetes.

“At Medtronic, we are committed to leading the technology revolution in diabetes management and delivering best-in-class solutions to patients,” said Chris O’Connell, president of the Diabetes business at Medtronic. “Together with LifeScan, we will continue to advance the opportunities for people with diabetes to proactively and conveniently manage their diabetes while maximising their quality of life.”

Medtronic is actively working to provide the OneTouch UltraLink Meter to all of its customers as soon as possible, and is taking a staged product launch approach. All new US customers who order a MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System or Guardian REAL-Time System will receive the OneTouch UltraLink Meter at no charge. The company will immediately start shipping the new meters at no charge to eligible US customers, and plans to complete this process later this year.

Medtronic currently markets the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring System the world’s only insulin pump with REAL-Time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). The MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System has all of the benefits of CGM plus the added value of precise insulin delivery through the use of insulin pump therapy.
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