Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc., a medical device company and manufacturer of the only touchscreen insulin pumps available in the United States, announced that it is now accepting orders for its next-generation t:slim X2 insulin pump. The t:slim X2 pump boasts an advanced Bluetooth radio and is optimized for use with Tandem’s recently approved Tandem Device Updater, used to update software and add new features from a personal computer as they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1 Shipments of the t:slim X2 pump are expected to begin late October 2016.
“We are making rapid product development advancements, and the t:slim X2 insulin pump is the first and only available insulin pump that can be remotely updated to provide customers access to future features and technologies outside of the typical insurance pump replacement cycle,” said Kim Blickenstaff, president and chief executive officer of Tandem Diabetes Care. “Integration with the Dexcom G5 Mobile continuous glucose monitoring system, and a predictive low glucose suspend (PLGS) algorithm, are among the first features we plan to release as remote software updates on the t:slim X2 platform.”
The t:slim X2 pump is the newest addition to the company’s family of insulin pumps. All Tandem pumps feature a high-contrast color touchscreen with a streamlined, user-friendly interface. This provides people rapid access to frequently used features, while making these features simple to learn and simple to use.2 Each Tandem product utilizes modern technology, such as a built-in rechargeable battery and micro-USB port for convenient charging and fast data transfers.
Additional features of the t:slim X2 pump include:
- Up to 38 percent smaller than other insulin pumps3,4
- 300-unit capacity
- Rechargeable battery, which saves hundreds of dollars in out of pocket costs4
- Durable aluminum housing
- Watertight (IPX7) construction, tested to a depth of three feet for 30 minutes
- Advanced Bluetooth radio, capable of communicating with compatible devices and future technologies
- Optimized for use with the Tandem Device Updater for remote software and feature updates from a personal computer1
The t:slim X2 pump will replace Tandem’s first-generation t:slim insulin pump. The company will continue to support current t:slim pumps, in addition to the t:slim G4 and t:flex insulin pumps.
The t:slim X2 pump is intended for the subcutaneous delivery of insulin, at set and variable rates, for the management of diabetes mellitus in persons requiring insulin, for individuals 12 years of age and greater. An application for use in younger populations is currently under review by the FDA.
For additional information: www.tandemdiabetes.com/tslimX2 or (877) 801-6901.
About the Tandem Device Updater
The Tandem Device Updater, cleared by the FDA in July 2016, is a tool for the remote update of Tandem insulin pump software from a personal computer. The first use of the Tandem Device Updater is to provide t:slim insulin pumps purchased before April 2015 with a free update to the latest software features. This updated software began shipping on new t:slim pumps as of April 2015 and includes a variety of product enhancements for convenience and flexibility. Future software improvements and enhancements for Tandem pumps will be implemented through the Tandem Device Updater as they are approved for commercial distribution.
Insulin Pump Use and Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening disease that affects more than 29 million people in the United States, or nearly 1 in 10 Americans. Tandem estimates that more than 3 million people in the United States require daily administration of insulin and are candidates for pump therapy. More than 425,000 Americans with type 1 diabetes use an insulin pump, or approximately 27 percent of the type 1 diabetes population. In addition, approximately 125,000 Americans with type 2 diabetes use an insulin pump, a small fraction of the type 2 diabetes population.
About Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. is a medical device company with an innovative, user-centric and integrated approach to the design, development and commercialization of products for people with diabetes who use insulin. The company manufactures and sells the t:slim X2 insulin pump, the slimmest and smallest durable insulin pump currently on the market, the t:flex insulin pump, the first pump designed for people with greater insulin requirements, and the t:slim G4 insulin pump, the first continuous glucose monitoring-enabled pump with touch-screen simplicity. Tandem is based in San Diego, CA. www.tandemdiabetes.com.
1 Subject to FDA approval. Charges may apply.
2 Schaeffer N, Parks L, Verhoff E, et al. J Diabetes Sci Technol. March 2015.9:221-230.
3 38% smaller than MiniMed 630G and 670G and 25% smaller than MiniMed 530G, Animas Vibe and Omnipod System.
4 Data on file. Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
(Source: Business Wire)