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Update on Linking Blood Glucose Meters for Medtronic Insulin Pumps

By Amanda Sheldon

Managing Editor

Posted:  9/4/2012 3:00 PM

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We have good news to share with our U.S. customers today. We just announced, along with our partner Bayer HealthCare, a new blood glucose meter that will link to Medtronic insulin pumps.

The CONTOUR® NEXT LINK has a bright, easy-to-read color display, requires a small blood sample size (0.6 microliters) and uses Bayer’s patented No-Coding™ technology to eliminate inaccurate test results that occur due to miscoding of the meter. In addition, CONTOUR® NEXT LINK uses Bayer’s new CONTOUR® NEXT blood glucose test strips which deliver next-generation accuracy coupled with ease of use.

This new meter comes with a built-in USB connection and pass through technology, so you can plug it into the USB port on your computer to upload the information from your insulin pump and CGM to CareLink. This eliminates the need for the CareLink USB that our customers currently use.

The CONTOUR® NEXT LINK wirelessly communicates directly with either the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel or the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time insulin pump, which can help reduce errors.

Starting today, new customers will receive CONTOUR® NEXT LINK with their new pump order. Our existing customers will be contacted by Medtronic and provided with new meters over time, beginning in January of 2013

Stay tuned for updates over the next few months. In the meantime, if you have any questions, just let us know in the comments!

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
- Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps
- Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
- Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

Please visit www.medtronicdiabetes.com/importantsafetyinformation for complete safety information.
 

Comments

jeanie behrens

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:41:27 GMT 2012

how do i get one if i already have a pump and am not purchasing a new one?
the meter i have that links to my pump now does not have color display or sound and i like other meters better but they do not work with my pump!

Nancy Gregor

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:44:11 GMT 2012

This is great....I really need to get a newer meter. Can't wait for mine to arrive.

Anna peagler

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:45:48 GMT 2012

I just ordered a new pump and was also given a new meter...if this new meter was available, why was an older model sent?

Stef o'dwyer

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:47:22 GMT 2012

I also have the pump and would like the new shiny meter! I currently use the USB meter and think I would be great to have it like to my pump. Anyone know how I go about getting one? :)

Pietro

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:49:16 GMT 2012

Is there any chance the new meters will be provided to existing customers sooner than January 2013? Will they be provided only to Medtronic customers who currently have a Bayer meter or to all Medtronic insulin pump users?

Elva Estevez

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:49:23 GMT 2012

This is good news. One of my son's complaint about the meter he uses now is that it is large and inconvenient to use at school with all the other "gear" he has to carry with him all day on campus. I can't wait until they replace the ones for existing pump users. I heard the other good thing about these meters is that they require less of a blood sample, which is great for type one, since they have to test frequently.

Heather Rogers

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:51:48 GMT 2012

I ordered my pupm pn Friday and got the old meter. I asked about a new meter and was assured nothing was in the works and that the Contour link would be it for a few years.

Mary Fairweather Dexter

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:53:21 GMT 2012

I like the smaller sample size, half what my current OneTouch Meter requires, which should also eliminate some of the SAMPLE SIZE TOO SMALL errors and wasted test strips. And I like that it takes the place of the CareLink stick. Will my CareLink account still work or will I need a new account? Will I get one in January? If so, I will arrange to have my test strip prescription switched over. How big is it? Does it light up?

Ron david

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:55:00 GMT 2012

that sound great I'm new love the pump the new meter sounds great can't wait for the new one thank you.

Laura Wheeler

Posted on Tue Sep 04 15:57:46 GMT 2012

Just received our new pump on Thursday with the old stuff for my daughter - her very 1st Pump ever - was never informed that if we had waited a week that we could have gotten this new product. Our Pump start is not even scheduled until October 29 so it is unopened and unused - I am hoping that Medtronic will let me ship back the CareLink and the old meter they just sent and I received last Thursday.

Shay

Posted on Tue Sep 04 16:08:10 GMT 2012

awesome, I am ready to ditch my sons old one for one w/ smaller sample size and hopefully better accuracy.

Eny Belle

Posted on Tue Sep 04 16:12:19 GMT 2012

I'd like one! Though not sure how it's different from the One Touch Ultra that already communicates with my pump. The wireless feature is nice, but the pump isn't wireless and still requires the CareLink USB. The pump has all in blood sugar levels as well as all the pump info. Does this new meter have all the pump info in it as well? Is the CGM required as well?

Mary Fairweather Dexter

Posted on Tue Sep 04 16:17:02 GMT 2012

Wondering if either pump or meter could have CHECK BG alarm for 15 minutes after a reading below 60. The soonest any of the current models have is 30 minutes. This would benefit many of us.

Carol Cluka

Posted on Tue Sep 04 16:18:46 GMT 2012

This looks awesome, can't wait to get one.

Sarah

Posted on Tue Sep 04 16:34:14 GMT 2012

Very cool!! Loving the smaller technology!

Michelle Brown

Posted on Tue Sep 04 16:52:29 GMT 2012

WOW I would really like one..... It is so hard to read my meter and I hate having to turn on the light at night to read it and wake up my husband. I would really like to have one how can we get one?????

DAVID NICHOLS

Posted on Tue Sep 04 16:59:02 GMT 2012

MY MEDTRONIC ULTRA LINK ONE TOUCH WORKS GREAT BUT IM OPEN TO NEW EQU IF IT GIVES ME EVEN MORE CONTROL

Judy Brennan

Posted on Tue Sep 04 17:11:03 GMT 2012

How do I get this meter if I already have a one touch for many years. I like the light up screen and some other features it has. Thank you for your assistance. Will my insurance cover it, or how much is it if I want to purchase it?

GB

Posted on Tue Sep 04 17:20:20 GMT 2012

I love how people do not even read the entire article before they start asking how to get one when it clearly states:

"Our existing customers will be contacted by Medtronic and provided with new meters over time, beginning in January of 2013"

Amber

Posted on Tue Sep 04 17:28:00 GMT 2012

Though I am excited about the prospect of a fun, new meter (especially one that lights up), I'm dismayed that Minimed went with Contour, as the blood testing strips are not covered by my medical plan. I guess I'll be sticking with my One Touch meter.

Nick Verigos

Posted on Tue Sep 04 17:34:56 GMT 2012

Great news! Looking forward to get it. Great idea also, keep on the good work :)

Jo Lefor

Posted on Tue Sep 04 17:44:50 GMT 2012

I see that people are asking how to get one, but I'm not sure if they have read the whole article, it clearly states "Our existing customers will be contacted by Medtronic and provided with new meters over time, beginning in January of 2013"

Stephan Schröder

Posted on Tue Sep 04 17:58:37 GMT 2012

When we can get this meter in germany?

Dani

Posted on Tue Sep 04 17:59:01 GMT 2012

I am so glad to hear this! My insurance company has a contract with Bayer, and not with OneTouch so I pay the highest non-formulary co-pay. It will be nice to pay the cheaper co-pay for the Bayer strips.

Patrick Buonaugurio

Posted on Tue Sep 04 18:42:55 GMT 2012

We got our first pump set up today with the help of our awesome nurse educator. She informed us of this new meter but I am also a little surprised that we couldn't have started out with this one right away. I hope we will be able to get one quickly.

Chavolgo Myles

Posted on Tue Sep 04 19:29:39 GMT 2012

Please tell me how one should go about getting this meter A.S.A.P. l know existing customers will be contacted later but will we be able to get them over the counter.

Dre Lewis

Posted on Tue Sep 04 19:43:20 GMT 2012

I wish they would come sooner for existing customers! Is there any way?

Rhea Smith

Posted on Tue Sep 04 19:55:46 GMT 2012

Do you have to have a CGM? My son is almost 1 year into a MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time insulin pump and has the standard meter with it. He does not have a CGM. Is he eligible for this new meter? Using less blood is always a plus.

Jessica Ware

Posted on Tue Sep 04 21:10:13 GMT 2012

So is this new meter also going to be like a remote for our pumps so that we will not have to take our pump out especially if it's under the clothing to give a bolus?

Donna L Smith

Posted on Tue Sep 04 22:55:14 GMT 2012

How do I go about getting a new blood machine sooner ? My old machine no longer transmits automatically , I have to manually enter my test results .
Let me know

Carolyn sanders

Posted on Tue Sep 04 23:09:52 GMT 2012

I have been on the pump for along time the meter I have works with it it's about three years old it would be really nice to have a new one not to mention less blood and lights up cool as the saying goes with all the bells and whistles I get my pump supplies through Medtronic in the mail do you know if I will be getting a new meter ?...

Carolyn sanders

Posted on Tue Sep 04 23:11:27 GMT 2012

I have been on the pump for along time the meter I have works with it it's about three years old it would be really nice to have a new one not to mention less blood and lights up cool as the saying goes with all the bells and whistles I get my pump supplies through Medtronic in the mail do you know if I will be getting a new meter ?...

Crystal Bradford

Posted on Tue Sep 04 23:43:49 GMT 2012

I've been on the pump for almost 2 years now and love it! I have enjoyed the One Touch Ultra link but I'm excited to see this new technology....I'm especially looking forward to the smaller size...that's been my biggest complaint with the current meter. Thanks Medtronics

Pauline Reynolds

Posted on Tue Sep 04 23:54:41 GMT 2012

Can't tell how big the meter is from the picture. I assume iit is not actual size.

C St Louis

Posted on Tue Sep 04 23:58:42 GMT 2012

Will be patiently waiting until early 2013!!! This looks awesome :)

Michael LaMarr

Posted on Wed Sep 05 01:06:29 GMT 2012

I am gain to have a new meter,but my insurance will not pay for the test strips. I would have to pay 50.00 for a bottle of 50 test strip.

I do not have that kind of money.

steve fyffe

Posted on Wed Sep 05 03:34:24 GMT 2012

were and when can i get one at?

asma

Posted on Wed Sep 05 07:25:52 GMT 2012

i want to ask about how many becouse my son need one i can help me

Carlos A. Delgado

Posted on Wed Sep 05 16:50:15 GMT 2012

Having recently (July 2012) upgraded to a 723; waiting arrival of new wire-less capable CONTOUR replacing ONE-TOUCH.

elaaf

Posted on Wed Sep 05 19:08:25 GMT 2012

i want to ask about the price how much]
i need one for my son

John Hamilton

Posted on Thu Sep 06 15:32:50 GMT 2012

I have been on the pump now and would like to get the new meter. What do I need to do to get one.

Karrie

Posted on Fri Sep 07 22:35:10 GMT 2012

Thank you all for your interest in this new meter. For those of you wondering how to get the new CONTOUR NEXT LINK meter, we’ll be reaching out to our existing customers and providing them with new meters over time, beginning in January of 2013. So please stay tuned!

Any customer who orders a new insulin pump or upgrades his or her insulin pump or purchases a Guardian after Sept 4 will automatically receive the new meter with his or her new device.

Karrie

Posted on Fri Sep 07 22:44:00 GMT 2012

Stephan, I’m sorry, but the CONTOUR NEXT LINK meter is not currently available in other countries. If you're interested in finding out what is available to you, please visit www.medtronicdiabetes.com/contact/international-locations for local contacts who can help you find out which meter is available in your country.

Karrie

Posted on Fri Sep 07 23:12:21 GMT 2012

@ Amber and Michael – Because test strip coverage varies by insurance plan, you may want to work with your insurance provider to ask them to add this strip to their formulary (that’s the list of medications and medical supplies covered by your health insurance plan).

GO

Posted on Sun Sep 09 23:48:52 GMT 2012

I can't wait for my call from Medtronic. Only 5 months to go.

Katie

Posted on Wed Sep 12 16:52:56 GMT 2012

I received my upgrade last November and I would like to upgrade my old meter (one touch). How do I go about getting the new meter.

Karrie

Posted on Wed Sep 12 17:07:17 GMT 2012

Katie, we’ll be reaching out to our existing customers and providing them with new meters over time, beginning in January of 2013.

Leilani Nicely

Posted on Fri Sep 14 23:19:19 GMT 2012

I just got off the phone from a 2.5 hour coversation/fight with my insurance company about strips for my One Touch. They out right refuse to cover them at all. They said they do cover the Beyer Breeze and Contour strips but they didn't mention the Contour Next. Is this another uncoverable strip? And Minimed financial assistance department is a complete joke. If anyone needs it, don't bother!!!

Karrie

Posted on Sat Sep 15 02:13:57 GMT 2012

Leilani, I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble. I’d like to try to help. If you email your contact information to diabetescontactus@medtronic.com, someone will connect with you to try to help.

Denis

Posted on Tue May 21 14:48:38 GMT 2013

I'd like to know when the new meter is available for german insulinpump users?

Naomi

Posted on Tue May 21 20:46:43 GMT 2013

Hi Denis, We're the US team, but please check the following link for local contacts who would be happy to address your question. www.medtronicdiabetes.com/contact/international-locations

Comer Duncan

Posted on Tue Sep 03 18:57:21 GMT 2013

I have a Revel pump and have been using the Bayer Contour Link meter for over a year now. My insurance company will not pay or the Contour meter any longer, claiming that Medicare will not allow payment for its strips. What other meter(s) do work with the Revel? Which ones are possibly covered by Medicare with respect to coverage for strips? This situation is causing me to pay more out of pocket. Please help.

Thanks.

Comer Duncan

Karrie

Posted on Wed Sep 04 22:25:00 GMT 2013

Comer, I’m sorry to hear this and I understand the frustration this can cause. Have you checked out the CONTOUR CHOICE program? Since test strip coverage does vary by insurance plan, Bayer offers the CONTOUR CHOICE program to help with co-payments. You can find more information at www.contourchoice.com. You may also want to contact your insurance provider to ask them to add this strip to their formulary (that’s the list of medications and medical supplies covered by your health insurance plan). Best of luck to you.

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