Medtronic commits to helping people of color with diabetes

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) announced today that it entered multiple partnerships to help improve health equity for people of color living with diabetes.

Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic committed investments in partnerships with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the T1D Exchange, along with additional research efforts, to better understand and address such disparities, according to a news release.

The company is providing a $1 million sponsorship over the next three years to ADA’s Technology Access Project (TAP) which sets out to provide access and availability of diabetes technology regardless of gender, race, income or location.

“Health equity in diabetes is central to our mission, and unfortunately, for many the latest technological advancements to support living with the disease are not accessible due to insurance barriers and high out-of-pocket costs,” ADA chief development officer Charles D. Henderson said in the release. “…

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Abbott, Medtronic go head-to-head at ADA conference

Major medtech companies vied for the biggest news splash at this year’s annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association, announcing promising results from studies of patients who used their latest diabetes technology.

The virtual 80th Annual American Diabetes Association Virtual Scientific Sessions, which runs through Tuesday, so far has featured news out of Abbott (NYSE:ABT) and Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) and several smaller companies as well as studies showing how diabetes tech is helping diverse patient populations. More than 800 sessions have been planned.

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s conference, which began June 12.

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Medtronic touts results of latest MiniMed studies at ADA

The latest generation of the Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) MiniMed insulin pump met both safety and glycemic endpoints in a study presented today at the American Diabetes Association’s virtual annual conference.

The MiniMed 780G closed-loop system is indicated for treating Type 1 diabetes in people aged 7 to 80 years old. It is designed to automate the delivery of both basal insulin and correction boluses every five minutes to help people with diabetes avoid highs and lows with greater ease, according to Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic. It also enables patients to program insulin action time from two to eight hours, and has an adjustable target setting as low as 100 mg/dL. The MiniMed 780G won the CE Mark this week, but has not been approved for use in the U.S.

The 90-day at home U.S. pivotal trial included patients aged 14 to 75 years old and yielded no severe adverse events, according to the company. The trial results include:

No severe hypoglycemia and diab…
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