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quotable quotes - August 2008

Published: 8/31/08

"The people who really need closed-loop are children."
—Dr. Bruce Buckingham (Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA) speaking about the feasibility of a closed loop system at ADA.

“Frequency trumps accuracy.”
-Dr. Howard Zisser (Sansum Diabetes Research Institute) responding to a question comparing the accuracy of four accurate finger sticks in a day to hundreds of less accurate CGM readings at the Artificial Pancreas Workshop.

"Continuous glucose monitoring is the most frustrating technology I've ever used and yet I don't know how I ever lived without it."
Dr. Daniel Einhorn, speaking at the 17th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) about the benefits of CGM as well as the unique challenges that the technology provides.

“Something that was said multiple times at the FDA meeting was, ‘we have ten classes of drugs’. However, the experience of many diabetics, including myself, is that some of the drugs will work, some of the drugs will not work, some of the drugs will cause intolerable side effects, and some of the drugs are only effective for a short time and then lose their efficacy. You can run through ten classes of drugs pretty quickly."
- Ms. Rebecca Killion, patient advocate on the July FDA panel convened to discuss whether new diabetes drugs should be made to undergo testing for heart disease before being approved.

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