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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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Health Canada approves Dexcom G5 for dosing

Scott Benner

Look at Canada leading the way... We don't usually see this. Very exciting... congrats to all of my Canadian readers!

press release from PR Newswire

With Health Canada approval, Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM System is the First and Only Medical Device in North America for Making Daily Diabetes Decisions Without Painful Fingersticks

Landmark approval marks a new standard of care for managing diabetes and dosing insulin in Canada

BURNABY, British Columbia, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dexcom, Inc. (NASDAQ:  DXCM), the leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with diabetes, announced today that Health Canada has approved its Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system for "non-adjunctive" use by people with diabetes aged 2 years and older. 

The "non-adjunctive" indication enables the use of the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system as a replacement to fingerstick glucose testing for diabetes treatment decisions, making it a significant new standard of care in diabetes management. This approval means that diabetes patients and their physicians can now make treatment decisions based on data reported by the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system alone, without the use of painful fingersticks associated with blood glucose meters (fingersticks are only needed every 12 hours to calibrate).  With wireless Bluetooth® technology built into the device transmitter, the G5 Mobile CGM System is the first and only fully mobile CGM system that sends glucose data directly to a smart device, freeing users from the need to carry a separate receiver.  The device transmitter securely sends vital glucose information every five minutes directly to an app on iOS-enabled devices for real-time diabetes management. Users of the system can also select up to five designated recipients, or "followers" so they can remotely monitor the user's glucose information and receive alert notifications for added protection and peace of mind.

"News of the Canadian launch of the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System is truly exciting.  CGM technology allows people with diabetes to view real time glucose data and trends, and the built-in alarms allow for intervention by the user to minimize the risk of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. It has become an invaluable component of diabetes management, especially for pediatric patients," said Dr. Angelo Simone, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Trillium Health Partners, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto. "As a Pediatric Endocrinologist I look forward to being able to review my patient's glucose data even before the family arrives in clinic."

"As a country singer, a pilot and a person living with diabetes, I benefit tremendously from the glucose readings that I get every 5 minutes from my Dexcom CGM," says George Canyon, Canadian Country singer and type 1 diabetic. "Now, seeing my glucose levels on my phone will enable me to manage my diabetes even better and do all the things that I love most without the inconvenience and pain of fingerstick testing  multiple times a day, it's like a whole new world." 

Before the landmark approval by Health Canada, the Dexcom system could only be used to augment glucose meter fingerstick testing.  Canada is the first country in North America to approve the device with the non-adjunctive indication as a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Panel voted in favor of granting a non-adjunctive claim in the U.S. this summer but a final FDA decision is still pending.

"The new indication in Canada for the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system is an astounding milestone for people with diabetes and is a critical step forward for advancing diabetes technology to drastically change diabetes management," said Kevin Sayer, Dexcom President and Chief Executive Officer. "Now, people with diabetes in Canada who use the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system can make treatment decisions without having to perform multiple fingersticks daily, which has posed a significant barrier to properly managing diabetes in the past."

The Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System will be available within the first three months of 2017.

The entire press release can be found here.

Oh Canada... It's DexCom time!

Scott Benner

The DexCom G4 continuous glucose monitor is now available in the true north! I'm not exactly sure how DexCom got their device ready for sale in Canada. Perhaps the transmitter will be wearing a tiny little hockey sweater? Who knows...

Getting started looks pretty straightforward. Go to dexcom.com/en-ca and then click "Contact Distributor". The link takes you to www.animas.ca, the company that is handling the distribution for Canada. The Animas page doesn't have any DexCom specific links. I would use the "Contact Us" tab at the top right of the Animas page and ask how to get started.

I found this contact information for Animas Canada at the bottom of the Canadian DexCom page linked above.

 

Local Dexcom Distributor
Animas Canada
200 Whitehall Drive
Markham, Ontario
L3R0T5
General inquiries: 1-855-293-5083 or 
CustomerCare@Animas.ca
Product support: 1-866-406-4844

 

I'm so excited for my Canadian friends, you are going to love having a CGM!

Health Canada Approves DexCom G4

Scott Benner

DexCom announced yesterday at their May 1, 2013 Earnings Conference Call that...

 

"On the international front, we are pleased to report that we have received approval from Health Canada to begin marketing the G4 system in Canada. Our initial approval is for adults only. However, we expect to file supplements seeking pediatric approval later this quarter. Our distributor in Canada expects to commence a limited launch at the beginning of Q3 with the full launch commencing before the end of Q3"

 

Congratulations to my Canadian friends who have been patiently waiting to use DexCom's G4 system!

 

 

Oh Canada, I have new OmniPod info

Scott Benner

Over the weekend I received more then a few queries from fellow OmniPodders that live in Canada. All were wondering when they can expect the smaller OmniPod to arrive north of the border. So I tied a tiny electronic note to a digital sparrow and released him into the Internet. This encouraging bit of news is what came back...

 

"With U.S. FDA approval now in hand, we can move forward with our regulatory filings in Canada. We hope that we would begin selling the new OmniPod in Canada later in 2013." - Brian Roberts, CFO, Insulet

 

There you have it Canada, I hope that this was the kind of news that you were all hoping for. It's not concrete but Insulet is willing to tie themselves to a date, however vague, and I think that is worth be optimistic about. I'll let you know more when I do.

Oh, you know what, while you're here. I've been wondering this my entire adult life... What's a Canuck? Seriously, is it a bird, plant, slang or none of the above? I need to know, please. Thanks!