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Abandoning the ship

It’s been awhile since we checked in with our Chardonnay guzzling friends in Paris as well we weren’t sure they were still in diabetes. Now they have not sold off or closed their diabetes franchise as Johnson and Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) has done, although given the way things are going in Paris they might want to consider this option. Listen this is the wacky world of diabetes where anything can...

That Poor Cat

Before we get into our post today we have some good news for our buddy Kim Blickenstaff Tandem’s (NASDAQ: CEO) we’ve decided to give him the day off. As the old McDonalds commercial noted you deserve a break today. So, Kim enjoy the weekend and why not have dinner tonight at Eddie V’s in La Jolla a restaurant which not only has great food but an outstanding view. We know...

Poor Baby

It seems that Tandem (NASDAQ; TNDM) CEO Kim Blickenstaff isn’t a happy camper. Kim is upset over the things we’ve been writing recently thinking we’re some sort of bully. Now this is somewhat understandable but as we’ve said before when you run a publicly traded company if you want a friend get a dog. By our way of thinking public scrutiny of a CEO’s job performance comes with the territory....

Mad as Hell Part Deux

It’s getting to the point were we’re not sure who is more despicable, Jeff Dachis from OneDrop or Kim Blickenstaff from Tandem (NASDAQ: TNDM). Of the two we’d have to say that at least Mr. Dachis and OneDrop have noble intentions. As we noted the other day while we aren’t fans of self-reported data combined with fuzzy math we do believe that engaged patients who use the OneDrop system are...

A Proud Granddad

Listen to Abbott (NYSE: ABT) CEO Miles White talk about the FreeStyle Libre is like listening to a proud granddad gosh over his grandchild. Keep in mind the Libre is the offspring of the Navigator. And quite frankly Miles has every reason to be proud as Libre by all accounts has exceeded everyone’s expectations. Let’s a take a quick look at the numbers; Total Users 650,000 Monthly User adds 50,000 US Market penetration...

No Shame

As we noted just yesterday we aren’t thrilled with OneDrop’s marketing tactics. While OneDrop may use self-reported data combined with fuzzy math to come up with these outrageous claims their product does work and is FDA approved (the meter anyway). And while we don’t agree with what they define as a study there is enough empirical evidence to indicate that patients using the OneDrop system are benefiting from it. Our problem...

And it continues

Try as we might we just cannot understand why anyone would want to be in the conventional glucose monitoring business. Usage is decreasing, prices continue to contract, and the technology is outdated. Yet these facts haven’t stopped new companies from entering this market. The latest is Innovus Pharmaceuticals who just received FDA clearance for their GlucoGorx glucose monitoring kit. So just what is the value proposition for the GlucoGorx as far...

Mad as Hell

Way back in 1976, long before the world of way cool whiz bang, there was great movie called Network. In the movie Peter Finch plays a struggling network anchor Howard Beale who basically loses it one day and goes on one of the greatest on-air rants ever. During the rant Beale encourages his audience to head to their windows and scream out loud that there as mad as hell and...

What’s in a name?

It seems many of our loyal subscribers are bit disappointed that we have not come up with a better name for our upcoming Special Report which is set to be published before the annual ADA conference in June. As we noted this report will take a comprehensive look at the state of our wacky world, examining why things are the way they are and most importantly where our world is...

Disease Management Part Deux

Believe it or not there are certain benefits that come from getting older. As Vernon Law once said; “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” This is very true when it comes to our wacky world. See unlike many of the newbies who have entered the world recently we’ve been around the block a few times and have the gray hairs to prove...