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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...

Almost forgot it’s EASD

We’re not sure anyone has noticed but the virtual version of EASD has been going on this week. Not like it really matters all that much as virtual or live these shows have become somewhat predictable. It will be interesting when we head to Vegas for CES and then San Francisco for JPM what a live conference will feel like in the covid age. It’s ironic that during EASD Novo Nordisk...

Podcast #19

Before we get into the subject of today’s podcast, we’d like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of John Klopp. John spent several years at LifeScan and was instrumental in its success. A true gentleman John’s wisdom and insight will be sorely missed. Ironically today’s guest is Val Asbury LifeScan’s CEO another outstanding individual who’s been instrumental in the company’s success. Listen as Val describes how LifeScan once...

Diabetes or Obesity?

This morning Lilly announced they would be lowering the cost of insulin Lispro. Per a company issued press release; “Lilly's Insulin Lispro Injection, 100 units/mL -- first introduced at half the list price of branded Humalog® (insulin lispro injection, 100 units/mL) in 2019 -- will now have a 70 percent lower list price than Humalog U-100 starting January 1, 2022” We see three reasons Lilly made this move; 1. It’s great PR although...

A change in direction?

Way back in the day when Medtronic owned the insulin pump space, we speculated that about the only way this would change was if they screwed it up. Which is exactly what happened. Today Tandem and Insulet dominate the insulin pump space with Medtronic now relegated to an afterthought. Tandem and Insulet have better products, better pipelines, and most importantly better management. We’re beginning to wonder given with what’s going on...