MiniMed 670G - First 'Artificial Pancreas' Approved By FDA
The Medtronic MiniMed 670G is the first device approved by the FDA that is approved for people with type 1 diabetes over the age of 14.
Roughly 1.25 million people in the US have Type 1 diabetes. These patients often opt to have an insulin pump that can administer insulin as needed throughout the day. Some also buy a glucose monitor, which is used to continuously monitor blood sugar levels; that way a diabetic can know if their levels are going too low or too high and find a way to correct it.
In contrast, the MiniMed 670G, referred to as a "hybrid closed loop" system, is what Jeffrey Shoorin of the FDA said in a statement is a "first-of-its-kind technology": the first approved system that combines both the glucose monitor and the insulin pump in one device.
According to the FDA, the device measures blood sugar every five minutes, then responds by sending insulin into the body, or holding steady. Diabetics can also manually request insulin around mealtimes.
Fans of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick will remember the artif-orgs from his 1964 novel Cantata 140:
George Walt's corporate existence proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...
"...if they keep after me, or if they won't make a deal regarding artif-org construction - then it'll be necessary to do something.
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