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Time for a new look

There comes a time when a market becomes the domain of just a few players who as long as they don’t screw up will continue to print money. Way back in the day the BGM was like this until competitive bidding came along and believe it or not the very early days of the insulin pump market were like this. Today CGM is like this with Abbott and Dexcom kings...

Thinking the unthinkable

Let’s take a quick look at the insulin market. Even with the advent of biosimilar’s Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi still dominate the market. While insulin remains the most heavily rebated drug it at the same time has become a commodity. Yes, there are slight differences between the insulin offerings both short and long acting but for all practical purposes they are interchangeable. Try as they might to develop “newer” versions...

Crazy Stupid

In our many years we have seen some incredibly crazy and stupid moves in the insulin pump space. In 2003 Roche paid over a BILLION bucks to buy Disetronic who was then the number two player behind MiniMed. Shortly after the acquisition the FDA halted sales of Disetronic pumps and the company never recovered. Yet not content to blow a BILLION bucks Roche doubled down and bought Medingo in 2010...

Has anyone bothered to notice?

Well, if it’s Monday it’s time to either celebrate or commiserate depending on how your football teams did over the weekend. My beloved Bears held up well against their hated rivals to the north but once again that future Jeopardy host who is currently their QB does what he always does. Now you wouldn’t think there is a connection between the Packers once again beating up on my Bears and...

Let’s make a deal

Growing up as a child one of my favorite TV shows was Let’s Make a Deal. It was fun to watch adults dress up in crazy costumes making complete fools of themselves as they competed for various prizes. It was hysterical watching as people hoping to win great prizes ended up with a can of spam. In that respect the show was very much like what’s going on today with...

A Monday Grab Bag

Now that EASD and the third quarter has ended time to pick on a grab bag of items from our wacky world. 1. Lila Moss makes history – we’re not sure how many people have seen the picture of Lila Moss daughter of supermodel Kate Moss as she strolled down the runaway in a swanky designer outfit complete with her OmniPod insulin pump. The picture which was originally posted on Instagram...

Google vs. Apple

We knew it was only a matter of time before Google and Apple who have peacefully coexisted in the digital diabetes space would eventually end this truce and go head-to-head. Last week Apple and UnitedHealthcare announced a deal where United would make Apple Fitness+ available to millions of their members for free. Today Verily’s Onduo unit announced a deal with Google owned FitBit in which Onduo will offer Fitbit devices...