We’re just returning house from the most important diabetes conference of the yr, and as all the time, our ft and minds are winding down from overdrive. The large annual ADA convention never ceases to be overwhelming — held in a serious conference middle
spanning a number of blocks of metropolis area (the assembly alternates between coasts),
with a minimum of eight presentation tracks happening simultaneously over 5 days, and a sprawling exhibit corridor.
This yr, roughly 16,000 scientists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals converged on the San Diego Convention Middle between June 9-13 for the 77th Scientific Periods. There were also greater than 200 media people in attendance (together with us ‘Mine editors and different affected person bloggers), and that partially prompted one of the largest stories to return from this gi-normous annual convention addressing new research and coverings in diabetes care.
Despite its satisfaction in embracing social media (occasion nametags even touted the #2017ADA hashtag), the ADA has held on tightly to its policy banning attendees from sharing pictures publicly. But this yr, a huge Twitter storm erupted to “struggle the facility” and push for openness so that docs and sufferers unable to attend also can hear and study what’s occurring. The initiative was virtually immediately successful, with ADA conceding they need to rethink their insurance policies for subsequent yr. Ummm, yup… Those “Please delete this tweet” messages from the @AmDiabetesAssn feed have to cease and desist!
Shifting on, this is our “reporter’s notebook” of some themes we picked up on and product and know-how news from the show flooring:
Transparency, Beyond A1C, and so forth.
There was plenty of speak about transparency this yr, with regard to Access and Affordability, and in addition re: conflicts of curiosity in the relationships between Pharma and healthcare providers and non-profits. In a session on Saturday, one presenter even referred to as out docs in the viewers, asking “Who here isn’t influenced by giveaways and lunches?” Which was met with uncomfortable chuckles. There was also recognition of patients feeling out of the loop on advancements and selections that affect them (somewhat ironic given the photograph ban challenge).
Speaking of entry and affordability, have you heard about Blink Health? This newly shaped NY-based startup supplies deep reductions on prescribed drugs like by no means before, with 40% off Eli Lilly meds. Consider it or not, they’re truly offering $10M worth of FREE type 2 medications for a yr, or till the money runs out — the three most prescribed T2 medicine metformin, glipizide,
and pioglitazone. VERY COOL. Naturally, their purple and white sales space at ADA was buzzing! Notice that we simply read yesterday they’ve cut ties with Express Scripts, apparently because the PBM was not absolutely committed to offering sufferers the lowest insulin prices potential.
At ADA general, we observed many presenters and attendees taking
on the language of “Beyond A1C,” i.e. talking far more about Time in Vary as a significant measure, and the way that may and must be standardized indirectly. The subsequent FDA meeting on #BeyondA1C is planned for July 21, 2017, btw.
On the tech aspect, we also observed plenty of buzz
about new sensible insulin pens and insulin dosing apps — both bolus calculators and titration apps hitting the market (extra on that under).
A Subdued Exhibit Hall
Compared to years previous, the Exhibit Corridor was definitely quieter, with fewer video games, flashy “theaters” and swag giveaways (though One
Drop was gifting away their slick new meters!)
To be clear, the expansive exhibit hall nonetheless options hundreds of booths – from Huge Pharma “mega-booth” spreads (where recent cappuccino and frozen yogurt are on
faucet) to rows and
rows of smaller cubicles that includes non-profits and “peripheral” exhibitors displaying pores and skin creams and orthotic footwear. You possibly can nonetheless get your A1C examined on-site (in case you
don’t thoughts ready in line behind a bunch of non-D docs), and watch colourful product videos or attend an enthusiastic reside tutorial in a
Theater” area with a booming mic. This yr, Medtronic and Novo’s
Tresiba display have been utilizing Digital Actuality to supply first-hand glimpses of their offerings.
However by comparison, it is a lot less of a party environment than it was, which from a affected person POV is definitely a great factor.
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