Friday, June 3, 2011


Another reason to hold out on pump decision , or at least seriously consider the hospitals offer of a loaner pump sometime in the future, until this baby is announced as available here  (sigh- and perhaps it never will be, but one can dream :)  )... I would sign up for this one tomorrow!

Introducing Animas Vibe -

Animas® Vibe™, the first and only continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)-enabled insulin pump system with Dexcom G4™ CGM technology.  Animas® Vibe™ brings together the unique features of an Animas® insulin pump and the convenience of Dexcom CGM, which is the only sensor approved for up to seven days of wear.

"Diabetes is a demanding disease.  Companies like Dexcom and Animas work tirelessly to provide people living with diabetes relief in the day-to-day, hour-by-hour management that is required with this chronic condition," said Dr. Anhalt.  "By combining high-performance pumping with state-of-the-art CGM technology, we're able to bring people with diabetes tools to better manage their disease."  
Animas® Vibe™ marks the first integrated product offering from Animas Corporation, makers of high-performance insulin pump technology and Dexcom, Inc., the leader in continuous glucose sensing technologies.  Now approved in Europe, the product will initially be available to people living with diabetes in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden.  
Animas® Vibe™ offers:

  • The latest technology available from Dexcom – Dexcom G4™, a tiny, round and flexible sensor with the smallest introducer needle as compared to Abbott Freestyle Navigator® and Medtronic Sof-Sensor®
  • Advanced high-contrast colour pump screen technology, that displays glucose trends with coloured arrows and lines showing where and how fast glucose levels are shifting
  • Dexcom sensor technology approved for up to seven days of wear, delivering more days of CGM data than those approved for a shorter duration
  • Waterproof durability up to 12 feet (3.6 metres) for 24 hours for the insulin pump, with a Dexcom G4™ Transmitter that is waterproof at 8 feet (2.4 metres) for 24 hours
  • Customizable alarms to indicate high and low glucose levels including a hypo-safety alarm fixed at 55 mg/dL (3.1mmol/L)
  • Low basal increment (0.025 U/hr) across all available ranges (0.025 U/hr to 25.00 U/hr) for precise dosing
  • Compatibility with Diasend® communications software, enabling patients to store, review and print both CGM and insulin pump data


  1. yes me too!! we dont have dexcom available here, or the omnipod, or

  2. I'm excited it's somewhere...but, admittedly, slightly envious!

    Though I have to admit that I'm stuck, because the Vibe doesn't offer a remote. We rely heavily on our remote...I don't want to give up that feature.

  3. I am excited about this product fo' sho'!!!

  4. Definitely a step in the right direction, I just can't part with my remote though.

  5. I'm always thinking about you and how bad you could use a cgm -- wish I could send you that care package in the mail! Roselady

  6. I sent animas an email - this is what they said re: bringing it to Australia -
    Hi Julie,

    Thanks for your email regarding the Animas Vibe.

    Animas has given first priority to the UK market to launch this exciting new pump. They do plan to bring it to other markets, however we have not yet been given an indication if, or when this pump will be released in Australia.

    When we receive confirmation that we are going to distribute this product, we will be sure to let our customers and all diabetes centres know.

  7. Aww..The Vibe had me at color screen and waterproof to 12 feet. I want one too! : )
    ps-thanks for visiting!! Hugs, holly

  8. We have to get the Dexcom Sensors here before we can get the pump. There apparently working on it. Still, I would do anything to get my hands on this. Lets just say the Medtronic CGM's are rubbish.

  9. It will be here soon.......

  10. Not soon enough, just spoke with Animas here in Australia and they still don't have a 'to market' date but are hoping that it will be here at the end of 2012 (which will coincide nicely with my changeover date for a new pump under my health insurance policy) - fingers crossed!!! I for one am prepared to move away from 14 years use of minimed/medtronic pumps for this pump and the CGM features it offers. It looks really promising!

  11. Been speaking recently with animas represtentative all has been submitted to have it available in australia, waiting for approval they are hoping by the end of 2012

  12. Maybe as early as august.. YEAH!

  13. yep I have heard the same news!

  14. Medibank customers are able to be fitted with a 2020 until the vibe is available then they will swap them

  15. The Vibe is on the prosthesis list and health funds are paying out on it - you start on a 2020 if you are lucky enough to be able to get a pump start date with a hospital and then when the vibe arrives they will upgrade you for free!! We are ready to rock & roll :). Pump start 23/6. Suggest calling your local Animas rep like we did!!!

  16. Animas Vibe launch in Australia is later this month and the Dexcom G4 is currently awaiting TGA approval! Exciting news!