Omnipod DASH is Now in Canada
By Eliza Skoler and Hanna Gutow
Canadian readers have more options than ever! Omnipod DASH is now available to people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in Canada. The Omnipod disposable insulin pump is worn on the body and holds three days of insulin.
Updated on 2/19/21
Insulet announced that its Omnipod DASH insulin management system has launched for people with diabetes in Canada as of January 18, 2021. Omnipod is an insulin pump used by people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
What is Omnipod DASH?
Omnipod DASH has two parts: an insulin “Pod” and a Personal Diabetes Manager (or PDM). The Pod and the PDM work together to deliver the insulin that all people with type 1 and people with type 2 diabetes on mealtime insulin need.
The Pod is a small, tubeless, waterproof insulin “patch” pump worn on your body. The Pod contains enough insulin for three days of non-stop and on-demand basal (long-acting) and bolus (mealtime) insulin. When the three days are up, you take the Pod off and throw it away.
The PDM is a wireless, Bluetooth-connected device that you can use to tell your Pod how much insulin to deliver based the number of carbohydrates that you eat.
Learn more about the Omnipod DASH system here.
Omnipod DASH was cleared in the US in 2018 and is currently available in 16 countries, including Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Israel. The insulin pump system is expected to launch in Turkey and Australia later this year. If you live in the United States, you can try Omnipod DASH for 30 days for free.
Currently, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices do not yet integrate with Omnipod DASH to provide automated insulin delivery (AID). Insulet is developing the Omnipod 5 AID system, which is expected to launch in 2021 – it may be available as soon as the first half of this year, depending on regulatory decisions. For now, Tandem’s Control-IQ and Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G and 770G are the only two AID systems approved for use in Canada.