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October 26, 2017

New Diabetes Tech Eliminates Routine Finger Sticks* for Americans Local Diabetes Testing Contributes to FDA Approval

by Lilly Diabetes

Related Story on Local News 8

Corrections to article from local news 8:
1. Although during the course of the clinical trials subjects wore the sensor for longer durations of time, the Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is only approved by the FDA for 10-day use.

2. Currently the Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is only approved in adults ages 18 and older. They are currently working on approval for younger populations, but this requires additional testing and research prior to FDA approval.

Idaho Falls, Idaho – October 26, 2017: Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center in Idaho Falls contributed to the clinical testing for a new glucose sensing technology which could revolutionize diabetes care by eliminating the need for a diabetes patient to routinely prick their finger up to 12 times 1 a day to take blood-glucose measurements. Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center was a testing site for one of the clinical trials that was used as part of the FDA submission for FreeStyle Libre System.

Testing of the FreeStyle® Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System was performed in only 7 locations across the country, including Rocky Mountain Diabetes, of Idaho Falls. The groundbreaking technology, developed by Abbott, eliminates the need for routine finger sticks* when checking glucose levels. No finger stick calibration, glucose levels are read through a sensor that is worn on the back of the upper arm. The sensor is the longest lasting personal glucose sensor available in the U.S. lasting up to 10 days.

The monitoring system received its FDA approval on September 27, 2017 and is expected to be available via prescription in the US before the end of the year at major retail pharmacies, according to Abbott.

For three decades those suffering from diabetes have been using a self-monitoring blood glucose finger stick to collect blood samples. According to the American Diabetes Association, using finger-stick blood samples, test strips, and portable meters has significantly aided in the management of diabetes since its inception. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2845057/)

The traditional method of testing blood glucose levels using meters with a drop of blood, typically obtained from an individual’s fingertips, has been very helpful. It may, however, be painful and requires strict discipline. Each meter needs a blood sample that is usually obtained by pricking the finger with a lancing device. The sample is placed on a test strip that has been inserted into a meter and then analyzed by that meter. The FreeStyle ® Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System not only eliminates routine finger pricking* but is also much more convenient thus enhancing the lifestyle of a diabetes patient.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, in Idaho Falls, Idaho began testing this glucose sensing technology in 2014 where they validated the accuracy of the device with diabetes patients. Under the direction of Dr. David Liljenquist of Rocky Mountain Diabetes, approximately 100 local diabetes sufferers participated in the trial over the 3 years of testing.

During the tests, patients would insert the device and then wear it for a period of time having blood samples drawn over strategic time spans. The data collected was used to compare against the established standard of glucose measurement and with the traditional finger prick method.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is excited to be a part of this technology because their patients get to experience new and exciting methods of measuring glucose as well as have access to more frequent care during a clinical trial. According to Research Director Mark Sulik, Pharm D., CCRP at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, "By having our physician investigators participate in clinical trials they remain on the forefront of medical treatment and care. This knowledge and experience with new medications and devices means they are even better prepared to help and treat patients in the best and most cost effective manner. It is like the difference between reading a car review in consumer reports and actually having spent the past 3-5 years driving the car."

For more information about the product, visit www.freestylelibre.us.

About Rocky Mountain Diabetes

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center of Idaho Falls is known among top pharmaceutical and medical device companies worldwide as a top-tier diabetes research location. Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center has been involved with over 250 clinical trials over the past two decades and has contributed to the recent FDA approval of the FreeStyle ® Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System which is the first continuous glucose monitoring system for adults that does not require blood sample calibration.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is a local medical center specializing in internal medicine and its sub-specialty Endocrinology, which deals with disorders of the endocrine system. Typical conditions that are evaluated or treated by the Center include diabetes, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, obesity, infertility, and growth problems.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center has carried out medical research in many endocrine-related clinical trials for various pharmaceutical and device manufacturers for more than 20 years. These clinical trials help in bringing to market new treatments and medications for diabetes. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, please visit www.rockymountaindiabetes.com.

About the FDA

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promotes and protects the public health by, among other things, assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

For more information about the FDA approval, visit the following FDA official release:
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm577890.htm

*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings, when you suspect readings may be inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

1. American Diabetes Association Standards of medical care in diabetes 2014.  Diabetes Care January
2014, v37 suppl1 s21-22


August 14, 2017

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center Sponsor’s Zoo Day

Children and Teens Participate in a Fun-filled Diabetes Day Camp

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, based in Idaho Falls, is sponsoring a day at the Tautphaus Park Zoo for kids and teens with diabetes. Participants will not only be able to enjoy their time at the zoo but with also enjoy day camp activities designed to educate those people suffering from diabetes. Activities are scheduled between 11:00am – 2:00pm on August 14, 2017 at Tautphaus Park Zoo located at 2725 Carnival Way, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Discussions and educational activities will include proper eating habits and nutritional facts and the latest innovations in insulin pumps. Those attending will also have the opportunity to meet Dr. Joshua Smith, the regions only pediatric endocrinologist who only recently joined Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center.

About Dr. Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith, MD, MBA is a board certified physician in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Smith attended Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. After completion of medical school, he began his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia and was named a fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology in 2014. Dr. Smith joined Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center in January 2017.

Learn more about Dr. Smith at RockyMountainDiabetes.com

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is a local medical center that specializes in internal medicine and its sub-specialty endocrinology, which deals with disorders of the endocrine system. Typical conditions that are evaluated or treated include diabetes, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, obesity, infertility, and growth problems.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center carries out medical research in many endocrine-related clinical trials for major pharmaceutical companies and provides comprehensive diabetes self-management education. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, please visit www.rockymountaindiabetes.com.


May 17, 2017

150 Idaho Falls Residents Celebrating Years of Successful Type 1 Diabetes Management Honored

by Lilly Diabetes

Milestone event brings community together to celebrate managing challenges

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Living with diabetes requires constant effort and vigilant dedication. This week, 150 local residents with type 1 diabetes—most diagnosed as children—will be recognized with a Lilly Diabetes Journey AwardsSM medal during a celebration event at 6:30pm, May 17, 2019 at the Bennion Student Union Building on the ISU – Idaho Falls campus.

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program was established by Eli Lilly, grandson of Lilly’s founder, Col. Eli Lilly, in 1975 to recognize individuals who have successfully managed their diabetes with the help of insulin for 10, 25, 50, or 75 years or more. These local Journey Awards recipients will join the thousands of individuals who have received the honor since the award was first established.

The Idaho Falls Journey Awards ceremony will celebrate the significant journey people have taken to manage their type 1 diabetes with the help of insulin. With friends, family, physicians, and others in attendance, recipients will be presented with a custom-engraved medal, along with a congratulatory letter signed by Lilly’s President and Chief Executive Officer David Ricks.

“Diabetes is a challenging disease to manage daily—there are no breaks—and to do it successfully over many years is an amazing accomplishment,” said Dave Noesges, vice president, U.S. Sales, Lilly Diabetes. “These Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards recipients are an inspiration to the millions of people with diabetes who are learning how to manage their disease. By recognizing these recipients, we hope to embrace their hard work and inspire others to do the same.”

These recipients were nominated by physicians or diabetes educators at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center with locations in Idaho Falls at 3910 Washington Parkway and Pocatello at 444 Hospital Way who have played an integral role in helping these people manage their diabetes.

Healthcare professionals may submit nominations or people may apply for a Journey Awards medal themselves online at www.lillydiabetes.com. Nominations and applications are currently for U.S. residents only.

About Diabetes

Approximately 29 million Americans1 and an estimated 415 million people worldwide have diabetes, and nearly 28 percent of Americans with diabetes—totaling 8 million people—are undiagnosed. In the U.S., approximately 12 percent of those aged 20 and older have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed adult diabetes cases in the U.S.1 Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body either does not properly produce, or use, the hormone insulin.2

About Lilly Diabetes

Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world's first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio, and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and newsroom.lilly.com/social-channels.

About Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is a local medical center that specializes in internal medicine and its sub-specialty Endocrinology, which deals with disorders of the endocrine system. Typical conditions that are evaluated or treated by the Center include diabetes, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, obesity, infertility, and growth problems.

The Clinical Research department of Rocky Mountain Diabetes carries out medical research in many endocrine-related clinical trials for Lilly more than 10 years. These clinical trials help in bringing to market new treatments and medications for diabetes. To learn more about Rocky Mountian Diabetes Center, please visit rockymountaindiabetes.com.

CR-LLY PP-LD- US-0956 9/2016 ©Lilly USA, LLC 2016. All rights reserved.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes- report-web.pdf. October 2014. Accessed on August 28, 2016.
2 International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 7th ed. 2015 Update. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2015.
http://www.idf.org/about-diabetes. Accessed on August 28, 2016.


May 16, 2017

Pediatric Endocrinology Expertise Arrives in East Idaho

Joshua Smith MD MBA

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, based in Idaho Falls, recently welcomed Dr. Joshua Smith, a board certified pediatric endocrinologist. By hiring Dr. Smith, the practice brings additional expertise to the region and fills a void in the area. Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center now has additional expertise focused specifically on pediatric diabetes and endocrinology diseases.

According to Dr. Smith, endocrine disorders can manifest themselves in a variety of ways. If a child has abnormal growth, either growing too fast or not fast enough, there may be endocrine concerns. Other symptoms of endocrine disorders include continual thirst, rapid weight gain or loss, frequent urination and fatigue. In young children, bed wetting after successful potty-training may also be a symptom.

Dr. Smith enjoys seeing a variety of endocrine patients and visiting with their families. He places significant emphasis on teaching patients about their conditions, and to inform them about what is happening with their bodies. Dr. Smith likes using technology to provide evidence-based, comprehensive care. He has a special interest in diabetes, endocrine effects of optic nerve hypoplasia, pubertal and growth disorders, adrenal conditions and thyroid disease.

About Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is a local medical center that specializes in internal medicine and its sub-specialty endocrinology, which deals with disorders of the endocrine system. Typical conditions that are evaluated or treated include diabetes, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, obesity, infertility, and growth problems.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center carries out medical research in many endocrine-related clinical trials for major pharmaceutical companies and provides comprehensive diabetes self-management education. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, please visit www.rockymountaindiabetes.com.


April 13, 2017

8 Local People with Diabetes Pilot New Self-Regulating Insulin Pump

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, based in Idaho Falls, is renowned worldwide as a diabetes research site having been involved with over 250 clinical trials over the past two decades. The center has earned notoriety with the likes of global pharmaceutical company Eli-Lilly (NYSE:LLY) and recently, Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), a multi-billion dollar global healthcare solutions company operating in over 160 countries.

Medtronic, whose diabetes division develops insulin pumps, used Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center to provide clinical testing for their newest insulin pump, the MiniMed 670G, which is the first “hybrid closed loop” insulin pump.

While there are many different insulin pumps for people with type 1 diabetes to choose from, this device has the newest innovation using software to automatically read a person’s blood-glucose level. The pump’s software then makes a prediction whether the person’s level is trending too low or too high, and then automatically adjusts the insulin dose. WebMD said that this, “Automated insulin delivery system will ease some of the burden of living with the condition.”

Medtronic submitted the device for FDA approval and received approval last fall, sooner than expected. The American Diabetes Association said, “We applaud the @US_FDA's approval of the first hybrid insulin delivery system.”

Local Patients

The MiniMed 670G will be available soon to most patients; however, at a few locations thought the US, including Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center in Idaho Falls, a small number of patients are being given early access to this ground-breaking technology. The next closest location to date is Denver, Colorado. On Thursday, April 13, 2017, eight patients will be receiving their new pumps and training at the center as part of this early access effort.

Becky Sulik, RD, LD, CDE, Director of Education at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center has been involved with patient training in some of the clinical trials for the MiniMed 670G. She states that, “People with diabetes who must rely on insulin, struggle to maintain good control of their blood sugar levels in spite of their diligent efforts in testing blood sugars, counting carbohydrates, and dosing insulin appropriately. With this pump, they have the additional benefit of a continuous glucose monitor that helps adjust the insulin delivery to the many constantly changing variable that affect blood sugars from minute to minute.”

Dr. Joshua Smith, who is the regions only pediatric endocrinologist and recently joined Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, states that, “The automation of this pump helps parents and children get more sleep. Many parents of children with diabetes are scared at night as their child goes to bed, fearing low blood sugar, so they wake up and check on the child throughout the night. The patient also gets more sleep as the pump automatically makes adjustments so they can sleep through the night. With this new pump, the automation minimizes the risk of low or high blood sugar affecting the patient as they sleep.”

According to Dr. Smith, the MiniMed 670G is approved for teens 14 years or older. Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is currently involved with clinical trials for children younger than 14 years of age. Persons interested in learning more about this pump are invited to call Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center at 208-523-1122 and more information if forthcoming on rockymountaindiabetes.com

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References

https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/products/minimed-670g-insulin-pump-system

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