Medtronic has announced it received FDA approval for its Guardian Connect continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, for people with diabetes ages 14 to 75 years. The Guardian Connect system is the first smart standalone CGM system to help people with diabetes stay ahead of high and low glucose events. The Guardian Connect system empowers people using multiple daily injections (MDI) to more proactively manage their diabetes.
Featuring the latest predictive algorithms in diabetes care, the Guardian Connect system is the only standalone CGM system that can alert patients of potential high or low glucose events up to 60 minutes in advance.
Using Guardian Sensor 3, the most advanced glucose sensor from Medtronic and the only sensor trusted to power a hybrid closed loop system, the Guardian Connect system was proven in a clinical study to accurately alert patients of 98.5% of hypoglycemic events.
Care partners can use the system to stay more informed about their loved ones with diabetes as well by tracking glucose in real-time or receiving text alerts.
People using the Guardian Connect system will also have exclusive access to the groundbreaking Sugar.IQ smart diabetes assistant, empowering them to further address the daily challenges of diabetes.
With artificial intelligence technology from IBM Watson Health, the Sugar.IQ assistant continually analyses how an individual's glucose levels respond to their food intake, insulin dosages, daily routines, and other factors.
Together with the Guardian Connect system, the Sugar.IQ assistant can turn difficult-to-determine patterns into personalised, actionable insights that help people with diabetes keep glucose levels in their target range.
"Despite proven benefits and advances in technology, only a minority of insulin-using people with diabetes currently use continuous glucose monitors (CGM)" said Dr. Timothy Bailey, director of the AMCR Institute and clinical associate professor, University of California, San Diego.
"Newer sensors paired with intelligent algorithms that help to both predict and understand glucose excursions, particularly hypoglycemia, will make diabetes safer and more comprehensible for people who inject insulin. Greater utilisation of smarter CGM systems promises to allow our patients to achieve more glycemic time-in-range and to further reduce the risk of hypoglycemia."
"The FDA approval of the Guardian Connect system fills a key gap that exists in diabetes treatment today - how to predict dangerous glucose highs and lows so they can be potentially avoided," said Annette Brüls, president, Diabetes Service and Solutions at Medtronic.
"With predictive alerts and the Sugar.IQ assistant, the Guardian Connect system enables people to proactively manage their diabetes, so they can focus on living their life, not constantly worrying about their glucose levels."
The Guardian Connect system will be available in the first quarter of Medtronic's fiscal year 2019 for people with diabetes who are looking to take on a more proactive role in managing their diabetes.