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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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DexCom Announces FDA Approval of G5 Mobile App for Android Devices

Scott Benner

FINALLY!!!!!!

Rejoice Android users..... rejoice!

from Dexcom.com

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DexCom, Inc. (Nasdaq: DXCM) the leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for people with diabetes, is pleased to announce the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the Dexcom G5 mobile app for Android devices. Beginning in June, Android users will have access to the free app for the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System, allowing people with diabetes to view and monitor their glucose levels on their mobile devices to manage their diabetes in real time. The Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System is the first and only CGM platform available for Android in the United States, complementing the 2015 iOS launch.

Download for free at the Google Play store here: bit.ly/AndroidDexcomG5MobileApp

The Dexcom G5 Mobile is a compact CGM system that works to display real-time glucose activity on certain approved display devices. The launch of Dexcom G5 Mobile for Android allows people to manage their diabetes in a more personal and discrete way by providing glucose data on their Android mobile device, as well as the ability to share it safely and conveniently. This empowers them to make informed and timely decisions about their diabetes, resulting in better health outcomes.

"Providing Android users with access to the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System has been a priority for Dexcom," said Kevin Sayer, President and CEO, Dexcom. "The new Android app has been thoughtfully designed with customer needs and feedback in mind. It focuses on delivering technology that empowers users by putting critical glucose information on their phones and is compatible with the most popular Android devices currently in the market."

Once commercially available, the new app will make the Dexcom G5 Mobile available on millions of additional phones in the United States. The Dexcom G5 Mobile app for Android will initially be available on several Android devices from Samsung, Motorola and LG, as well as Android Wear watches.

A current list of compatible devices can be found at www.dexcom.com/compatibility.

Eli Lilly raised prices on 9 drugs last week

Scott Benner

from CNBC

Humalog and Humulin (7.8 percent)

Indianapolis drug giant Eli Lilly raised list prices of nine of its medicines last week between 6 and 10 percent, according to data obtained by CNBC.

The increases, taken on May 2, were for drugs including the blood thinner Effient (9.9 percent), the psoriasis drug Taltz (6.9 percent) and the insulins Humalog and Humulin (7.8 percent).

The increases fit a pattern at Lilly and many other drugmakers of single-digit percentage hikes once or twice a year, despite political pressure and intense scrutiny of the practices. Lilly has come under fire for the price of its insulin drugs in particular, leading Senator Bernie Sanders to call for a federal investigation into collusion. Lilly and other insulin makers have denied any such activity.

Lilly confirmed the price increases in an emailed statement to CNBC, and noted the list prices "do not reflect the significant discounts and rebates that we provide to ensure patients have adequate access to our medicines."

"The net price increase that Lilly recognizes is significantly less," spokesman Mark Taylor wrote. "In fact, in 2016, the average discount to list price on our U.S. portfolio rose to 50 percent and net prices rose just 2.4 percent in the U.S."

You can read the entire article on CNBC


Medicare Announces Criteria Covering Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM for All People with Diabetes

Scott Benner

press release

March 24, 2017

Medicare Announces Criteria Covering Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM for All People with Diabetes on Intensive Insulin Therapy

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), the leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for people with diabetes, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an article clarifying criteria for coverage and coding of the Dexcom G5 Mobile system, the only therapeutic CGM under this CMS classification. People covered by Medicarewho have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and intensively manage their insulin will now be able to obtain reimbursement.

"This is a new era and a huge win for people with diabetes on Medicare who can benefit from therapeutic CGM," said Kevin Sayer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dexcom. "This decision supports the emerging consensus that CGM is the standard of care for any patient on intensive insulin therapy, regardless of age."

According to CMS, therapeutic CGM may be covered by Medicare when all of the following criteria are met:

  • The beneficiary has diabetes mellitus; and,
  • The beneficiary has been using a home blood glucose monitor (BGM) and performing frequent (four or more times a day) BGM testing; and,
  • The beneficiary is insulin-treated with multiple daily injections (MDI) of insulin or a continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) pump; and,
  • The patient's insulin treatment regimen requires frequent adjustment by the beneficiary on the basis of therapeutic CGM testing results.

In order to be included in this category, the system must be defined as therapeutic CGM, meaning you can make treatment decisions using the device. Dexcom G5 Mobile is the only system approved by the FDA to meet that criteria.

The entire release can be found here


Daylight Savings Time

Scott Benner

Don’t forget -- your microwave isn't the only clock that requires adjusting tonight.

The clocks in your meters, insulin pumps and CGMs need to ‘Spring Forward’ as well… #diabetes #daylightsavingstime

Important: Some insulin pumps may not offer bolus calculations for a period of time after you make clock adjustments.

PHOTO: National Geographic - news.nationalgeographic.com Photo of a man adjusting giant clocks. Peter Shugrue checks a clock at the Electric Time Company factory in Medfield, Massachusetts, on March 8, 2013.

PHOTO: National Geographic - news.nationalgeographic.com

Photo of a man adjusting giant clocks. Peter Shugrue checks a clock at the Electric Time Company factory in Medfield, Massachusetts, on March 8, 2013.


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