Bayer's New Contour TS Blood Glucose Monitor Launched
It eliminates miscoding errors which could put people with diabetes at clinical
Bayer Diabetes Care, a division of Bayer HealthCare LLC and a member of the
Bayer Group, recently introduced the new Contour TS blood glucose monitoring
system in Mumbai. Bayer's Contour TS offers people with diabetes an accurate
meter option with innovative ‘no coding’ technology, which provides reliable
blood glucose test results and eliminates miscoding errors that could put people
with diabetes at clinical risk.
Speaking to Express Healthcare, Gaetan de Kerros, Vice President, Region Asia,
Diabetes Care, Singapore, said, "India is the first country where Contour TS is
being launched, as right now it is the diabetes capital of the world. After
Mumbai, we will be launching our product in Chennai, Kolkata and then Delhi."
Unlike most meters that need to be manually coded to ensure accurate results,
Bayer's new Contour TS blood glucose meter automatically sets to the correct
code any time a Bayer test strip is inserted. Manual coding may lead to
miscoding. In fact, a recent study found that approximately 16 per cent-or one
out of six persons failed to properly manually code their blood glucose meters
to the lot of test strips being used.
"Miscoding may affect the success of self-monitoring of blood glucose in
accurately measuring actual blood glucose values. No coding technology
eliminates the risks associated with miscoding and improves the accuracy of
blood glucose measurements. It increases confidence in blood glucose
measurements, thereby reducing the risk of insulin dose errors that can
sometimes lead to dangerous consequences," said Dr Pradeep Talwalkar, Professor
of Diabetology, SL Raheja Hospital, Mumbai.
Some miscoded meters can generate results that may be inaccurate by over 40 per
cent. Relying on a miscoded blood glucose meter could seriously impact
therapeutic decisions for people who adjust their food intake, oral medication
or insulin dosing based upon blood glucose readings.
A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology in March
2007 showed that some miscoded meters could lead to under-dosing or overdosing
insulin by two units 50 per cent of the time.
Insulin overdose may cause dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) leading to
behavioral changes, confusion, loss of consciousness and, if untreated, seizure,
coma and even death. Chronic underdosing of insulin may contribute to the
long-term health problems associated with high blood sugar including kidney
disease, nerve disease, eye problems, and heart disease.
“With Bayer's new Contour TS meters, people with diabetes can now obtain
accurate blood glucose test results in just eight seconds. It also offers a
small (0.6 µL) blood sample size and multiple-site (fingertip, palm or forearm)
testing options,” added Dr Talwalkar.
(Ref: The Express Healthcare October 2007)
Roche Launches Insulin Pump
It is safe, simple, convenient, and optimises blood glucose levels
Roche Diagnostics Ltd recently introduced Accu-Chek Spirit, the new insulin pump
in the market. Accu-Chek Spirit is launched for the first time in India and is
available across six metros namely, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata
The benefits of using Accu-Chek Spirit is that it is safe, easy, simple,
convenient, and flexible, optimises blood glucose levels and helps significantly
reduce long-term complications and the need of multiple daily injections is
avoided, thus making the life of a diabetic independent and flexible. It also
gives flexibility to choose what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat.
Additionally, sleeping patterns like going to bed early and sleeping late are as
flexible as with non-diabetics, shift work, pregnancy or invitations for dinners
are typical metabolic challenges that can be easily managed with an insulin pump
and pumps are being used successfully by children, adolescents and pregnant or
Accu-Chek Spirit is the first insulin pump with three different operating menus.
This innovative function provides the option to programme the insulin pump
according to the people's level of experience and individual requirements.
The standard menu for beginners is easy to handle and provides the basic
features of the pump. The advanced menu for experienced users allows the use of
all the features Accu-Chek Spirit offers. The custom menu for individual needs
enables the people with diabetes to choose menu functions according to
According to Sanjay Gupta, Head, Roche Diagnostics Diabetes Care-India, "The
launch of Accu-Chek Spirit has taken a step towards completing the circle
between diabetes monitoring, insulin therapy and advice for people with diabetes
to achieve better self management. The product is designed to make the life of
diabetics the way they prefer."
(Ref: The Express Healthcare October 2007).