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Two different fights

The big news in the diabetes toy world was the approval of the Medtronic 780G. The big news in the diabetes/obesity drug world was Lilly’s new study which will pit Mounjaro against Wegovy head-to-head. Each piece of news represents a fight, one for survival the other for supremacy. Let’s take the Medtronic news first. Medtronic CEO Geoff Martha has stated many times that the 780G will reverse the tide for Medtronic...

It’s not the when, it’s the how.

Yesterday after Abbott reported results this appeared in a post on the Fierce Biotech web site. “The strong performance in diabetes tech sales may go a long way in outweighing Abbott’s losses in COVID testing, according to Third Bridge senior analyst George Congdon, who wrote of the department’s earnings, “This news is particularly well received given the FDA’s 2023 clearance of the Freestyle Libre 2 and 3 sensors to integrate with...

New paths to success

Far too often in this wacky world of ours, people get overly excited about the hardware, yep everyone loves the toys in the toy chest. Yes, hardware is way cool and can be very whiz bang but in the end it’s also a commodity. While none of the hardware companies like to acknowledge this all the toys do basically the same thing the same way. The Control IQ, Omnipod 5 and...

How far can it go?

Like everyone else we’ve been spending a fair amount of time looking into artificial intelligence and how it can be applied to healthcare in particular diabetes management. Already we have advanced hybrid closed loop insulin delivery systems such as the Omnipod 5 and Control IQ which use AI. AI is also being applied to CGM technology and actually predicting future readings. Yet these current applications of AI merely scratch the...

It likely will get worse.

Before we get into the gist of today’s post a few words about the Abbott recall. Now as we all know recalls in the medical device market aren’t usual. As much as everyone wants these toys to work perfectly 100% of the time this just isn’t possible. What makes this recall somewhat interesting is one day Abbott is publicly telling everyone they know about the issue but it’s nothing to...

So, Who Will It Be?

As we all know the lifeblood that keeps this wacky world of ours moving forward is money. As Momma Kliff used to say while you can’t buy happiness it sure as hell doesn’t hurt to have a few bucks to make the path to happiness more fun. But there does come a time when all the money in the world cannot get the job done and you have to call...

Politics+Insulin+Money

The quote politics makes strange bedfellows is not directly attributed to any one person, but it seems to apply with what’s going on behind the scenes here in the great state of California. Back on March 21 California Governor Gavin Newsom cut a deal with Civica Rx investing $50 million of the taxpayer’s money so that Civica will manufacture insulin for California. While Civica already is building a facility in...