I'm a very satisfied Omnipod user for two and a half years, the system is great. Two months ago I was in a serious accident and ended up as an inpatient in both a hospital and then a rehab center. During that time, I must have met at least 20 different nurses, haf a dozen doctors, and a whole bunch of PTs and Ots. Not one of these professionals had ever seen or heard about the Omnipod system. Most, particularly the nurses, were amazed and would bring in other nurses to show them the system. They couldn't understand why more people with type 1 diabetes were still using the tube system.
So, what's going on here. Is Insulet just not very good at marketing its product? Or are the bigger comanies with more resources able to lock in medical facilities and doctors with lots of freebees (training, samples, clinical studies, etc.) I know my endo was never in favor of the Omnipod when I was ready to go from daily injections to a pump. He kept pushing Medtronic and gave me a huge package of their brochures and a demo.
I sort of feel bad for new pump users who aren't being given a fair presentation of all the different options available to them. Nevertheless, I'm very pleased with the system and look forward to future improvements.