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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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FDA recalls Medtronic 600-series MiniMed insulin pumps

Scott Benner

Alert says Medtronic's MiniMed device could malfunction on airplanes

From the Star Tribune: Entire article can be found here

The problem has long been known. Medtronic first notified patients about the problem in 2017.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding patients who use the popular 600-series MiniMed insulin pumps made by Medtronic that the devices contain an issue that could cause their buttons to get stuck while flying or other situations when air pressure changes quickly.

The FDA on Wednesday issued alerts for more than 189,000 MiniMed insulin pumps worldwide. Such pumps are used by diabetic patients who need a steady infusion of the drug insulin to break down the glucose in their blood, in addition to periodic doses (or "boluses") of insulin related to meals, exercise and other factors.

The alerts issued Wednesday are classified by the FDA as a class 2 recall, which is a medium-severity action used when a problem caused by a medical product would be temporary, or when the probability of serious adverse consequences related to the problem is considered remote.

Medtronic has issued an urgent safety notification to patients, which the FDA calls a "recall." However, FDA and Medtronic are not requesting any devices be returned to the manufacturer. The FDA uses the term "recall" to include situations where no product need be returned.

The recalls apply to Mini­Med 670G, 640G, 630G, and 620G models, which have physical keypad buttons that can temporarily become "unresponsive" when atmospheric pressure goes up or down quickly around the pump, typically during takeoff and landing.

Read the entire article here








Podder Talk

Scott Benner

Thank you to Omnipod for highlighting the Juicebox Podcast in their Father's Day blog post!

Two Podding parents chat about being bold with insulin, not being a diabetes defense attorney, and creating great content that helps people manage their type 1 diabetes. 

Check out Amy’s post and the podcast conversation that we had.








Sanofi Insulin Pricing Program

Scott Benner

from press release - 4/10/19

Starting in June, Sanofi will further expand its innovative Insulins Valyou Savings Program so people living with diabetes in the United States can pay $99 to access their Sanofi insulins* with a valid prescription, for up to 10 boxes of pens and/or 10 mL vials per month. The expansion of this program helps to address the challenge too many patients face regarding unpredictable and unaffordable pricing for their insulin. 

People living with diabetes in the United States can pay $99 to access their Sanofi insulins* with a valid prescription, for up to 10 boxes of pens and/or 10 mL vials per month.

People exposed to high out-of-pocket prices at the pharmacy counter can participate in the Insulins Valyou Savings Program regardless of income level. This includes those who are paying high retail prices for their insulin and those who don't qualify for other patient assistance programs. 

Under current government regulations, pharmaceutical companies cannot offer this type of program to patients insured under Medicare, Medicaid, or similar federal or state programs, though Sanofi supports changing rules to expand this access program to all those who might benefit.

For more information or to learn how to access this program, visit www.InsulinsValYOU.com.

Additional patient resources available for accessing Sanofi medicines

Sanofi continues to offer other resources to make insulins more accessible including co-pay cards which may limit out-of-pocket expenses sometimes to $0 for all commercially insured patients regardless of income level. In addition, Sanofi offers assistance programs that provide medications, including insulin, at no charge for qualified low-income, uninsured patients through the patient assistance component of the Sanofi Patient Connection program. Together, these programs demonstrate the company's dedication to finding support to help people living with diabetes gain access to the insulins they need.

Sanofi also encourages anyone who is prescribed a Sanofi medicine who may be having financial challenges or trouble navigating their insurance, to call Sanofi Patient Connection at (888) 847-4877 where eligible patients can be connected to the medicines and resources they need at no cost.

* The Insulins Valyou Savings Program does not include Sanofi's combination insulin product.


The entire press release is available
here








An Average Day with Type 1 Diabetes

Scott Benner

Most days are perfectly imperfect…

If you already listen to the Juicebox Podcast this quick post will serve as a reminder that:

  • There is a way to eat normally and achieve the A1c that you want.

  • A great A1c doesn’t necessarily mean that your BG is 85 (4.7) all day and night long.

  • Just because you haven’t figured something out doesn't mean that an answer doesn’t exist.

If you haven’t yet listened, I hope that this post represents what is possible when you:

  • Have easy to understand tools for using insulin.

Listen to the Juicebox Podcast at  JuiceboxPodcast.com ,  Apple Podcasts ,  Spotify  or on your favorite podcast app..

Listen to the Juicebox Podcast at JuiceboxPodcast.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or on your favorite podcast app..

Try these episode to start #11 Bold With insulin, #29 Fear of insulin, #37, Jenny Smith, #44 Diabetes Rollercoaster, #62 Unfounded Fear, #100 Revisiting Bold, #105 All About A1c, #121 Insulin, Insulin, Insulin

You can always listen to the Juicebox Podcast or your favorite podcast app but if you don’t have one try one of these.  Apple Podcasts/iOS - Spotify - Amazon Alexagoogle play/android - iheart radio -  .


Insulin Assistance Programs - Programas de Asistencia con Insulina

Scott Benner

We are grateful to be insured and to have access to affordable insulin.

If you are uninsured, underinsured or struggling to pay for insulin... there are programs that can help.

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from Eli Lilly - If you have no insurance, are underuninsured or affected by the Government shutdown and would like more facts about Lilly’s patient assistance programs.

There are live representatives at the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center to help people find cost saving solutions for their Lilly insulins based on individual circumstances – including government employees. Call the Solution Center at 833-808-1234 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. or visit their website.

from Novo Nordisk - The Novo Nordisk Patient Assistance Program (PAP) is our continued commitment to people living with diabetes and the Novo Nordisk Triple Bottom Line. The Diabetes PAP provides free medicine to those who qualify. If approved, a free 120-day supply of medicine will be sent to the prescribing health care providers’ office to be picked up at the patient's convenience. Novo Nordisk will automatically contact the health care provider prior to your next refill to approve the medication reorder. More info on their website.

from Sanofi - Our passion is to improve access to medicines and healthcare. Patients are our number one priority, and to meet their needs more efficiently, Sanofi US offers an integrated patient support program titled Sanofi Patient Connection (SPC). More info on their website. 

If you have more or different links please contact me and I will add them to this list. Thank you!


"Because of your podcast (Juicebox), I have significantly reduced the amount of spikes that I get."

Estamos agradecidos de estar asegurados y de tener acceso a una insulina asequible.

Si no tiene seguro, tiene un seguro insuficiente o tiene dificultades para pagar la insulina ... existen programas que pueden ayudarlo.

de Eli Lilly: Si no tiene seguro, no tiene seguro o está afectado por el cierre del gobierno y le gustaría obtener más información sobre los programas de asistencia al paciente de Lilly.

Hay representantes en vivo en el Centro de Soluciones para la Diabetes de Lilly para ayudar a las personas a encontrar soluciones económicas para sus insulinas de Lilly según las circunstancias individuales, incluidos los empleados del gobierno. Llame al Centro de soluciones al 833-808-1234 de lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 9 p.m. EST. o visite su sitio web.

de Novo Nordisk: El Programa de Asistencia al Paciente (PAP) de Novo Nordisk es nuestro compromiso continuo con las personas que viven con diabetes y la Línea de Triple Beneficio de Novo Nordisk. El Diabetes PAP proporciona medicamentos gratuitos a quienes califican. Si se aprueba, se enviará un suministro gratuito de 120 días de medicamentos al consultorio de los proveedores de atención médica que prescriben para que lo recojan a la conveniencia del paciente. Novo Nordisk se comunicará automáticamente con el proveedor de atención médica antes de su próxima renovación para aprobar el nuevo pedido de medicamentos. Más información en su página web.

de Sanofi: Nuestra pasión es mejorar el acceso a los medicamentos y la atención médica. Los pacientes son nuestra prioridad número uno, y para satisfacer sus necesidades de manera más eficiente, Sanofi US ofrece un programa integrado de asistencia al paciente titulado Sanofi Patient Connection (SPC). Más información en su página web.

Si tiene más o diferentes enlaces, por favor contácteme y los agregaré a esta lista. ¡Gracias!