Why Are Insulin Pumps So Expensive

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Pump May Beat Shots For Type 1 Diabetes

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In young people with type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy may offer better blood sugar control and fewer complications than daily injections of the vital hormone, new German research suggests. "Insulin pumps work, and they work even somewhat better than multiple daily injections overall," said Dr. Robert Rapaport, chief of the division of pediatric endocrinology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Siham Accacha, a pediatric endocrinologist at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., explained why that might be so. "If the pump is really taken care of, you can micromanage your diabetes," she said. "You can stop the pump if your blood glucose is coming down, or you can give a bit more insulin if it's going up." Both Rapaport and Accacha prefer pump use, but if patients would rather do multiple daily injections, the doctors said that excellent control can also be maintained with shots. It's really a matter of patient preference, they noted. One issue with the pump is price. The start-up cost for a pump can be as much as $5,000, according to Accacha. And there are monthly costs for supplies as well. Insurers, e Continue reading >>

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  1. KidROFL

    I've learned that the price of a pump is usually upwards of $3000+ and am really wondering what the reason for the high cost is. Because I drive a car that cost less than that I cannot afford a pump for that much and my doctor has put me on a 24 hour replaceable pump called the V-Go which is about $2 a day. My theory for why they are so expensive is simply "because they can". Pumps are an item that most diabetics NEED and so because of this the medical companies can charge just about anything they want to a market of people who NEED it. There is no way that the manufacturing cost of some hard plastic and a mechanism for delivering a set amount of insulin can cost companies any more than a few hundred dollars to make each one.

  2. thatanthrochick

    The short answer: expensive FDA testing, continual R&D, and a shit ton of proprietary components and algorithms. Also, from an electronics standpoint, a lot of companies who sell electronic components will not sell to medical companies because of the risk of liability. They aren't going to be able to shop around for pieces as easily as Nokia can for phone parts.

  3. goodsam1

    The precision required and it ALWAYS has to work.

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