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US insurance companies may not pay for new diabetic devices

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:536
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Although medical device companies in the United States are forging ahead in developing new, non-invasive blood and tissue glucose monitors, insurance companies are proving unwilling or unable to pay for many of them.

    The most advanced non-invasive device is the GlucoWatch Monitor, made by Cygnus of Redwood City, California, which is worn like a wristwatch. It uses a low level electric current to induce reverse iontophoresis.

    This allows the monitor to collect glucose samples from interstitial tissue (not …

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