My Omnipod will soon be out of warranty and I was looking to upgrade to a system that is (or will) soon be compatible with a closed-loop system.
I saw that the Omnipod Dash (released April 2019) was just FDA approved as an ACE device, meaning that it will soon be able to integrate other devices (like Dexcom CGM) via Bluetooth, opening the door eventually to Tidepool integration and eventually their own Omnipod Horizon closed loop system (currently on track for late 2020 release).
I called Insulet with a bunch of questions about this future technology (mostly, will I be able to seamlessly step up from the Dash to Horizon when it’s available) and what I found out was troubling.
Apparently the DASH system is ONLY covered through the pharmacy benefit. It does not have any DME medical codes-- only an NDC (National drug code) assigned to it, 08508200005. This means it can only be dispensed through pharmacies. This was an intentional decision made by Insulet.
Well, my mail order pharmacy on my self-pay plan is my local hospital pharmacy (we do not work with Express Scripts, etc.) and they have no idea how to process this. Their supplier supposedly doesn’t even stock this item. This has effectively stopped me from pursuing this upgrade track.
For those of you who have experienced the freedom of tubeless pumps, you’ll understand when I tell you that I’m extremely hesitant to have to go back to thinking about where my tether is all the time. I can wake up, roll out of bed, and not worry about anything. I can shower without thinking about it.
Having said this, the closed loop automation would override the convenience of a tubeless system for me. Can anyone speak to the quality of pump automation or potential future developments (maybe if you’ve been on a clinical trial) and share your experiences here?