Forgive me for posting a similar message in two groups, but I believe this also applies to what you ask.
I have had an Animas pump for 3.5 years. Currently on a 2020. I
just started the DexCom Seven + CGM two weeks ago and look forward to an
integrated solution, hopefully in the next year.
I was diagnosed with DM T1 at age 42 (no diabetes history prior), so
it was a radical change of lifestyle for me. Was on MDI for about a yr
before going to pump.
I am an engineer so research everything before I make a decision.
When looking at pumps, I scoured the internet, talked to sales reps,
went to seminars, etc. I went with Animas for several reasons and have
not regretted my decision. The pumps I considered were OmniPod, MM,
Cozmo (glad I did not go that route!), and Animas. It really came down
to MM vs Animas. MM dominates the market and I sensed a herd mentality
to it being selected by most users and also being recommended by most
physicians. In my area, there are few endos and
patients familiar with Animas, but bucking the trend was fine with me.
Depending on what you find in your area, you may have to self-educate.
One of the pros of talking to several vendors and making them aware
that you are doing so, they may throw in some freebie accessories to
sweeten the deal and win you over.
Pros of Animas
Luer-lock on cartridges so you are not stuck with proprietary
infusion sets. You can use sets from a variety of manufacturers.
Animas has a wide variety of infusions sets. My local sales rep has
gotten me samples free of charge to try options.
- Can order supplies online directly from Animas, if your insurance
allows that approach. There is an online estore.
- It's waterproof. I shower, swim, snorkel with mine. You
must replace the battery cap every 6 months however, to keep it
waterproof. In fact, I only disconnect when changing clothes or
changing cartridge/infusion sets.
- It uses AA batteries, either alkaline or lithium. Long battery life
with the lithium option.
- Warranty service (from experience). I have had my pump replaced
twice, free of charge, for failure. It was not so much that the pump
was faulty, but the case cracked when the battery cap was tightened, and the pump leaked. Very generous warranty support, in other
words. The last replacement included a free upgrade to the 2020. The
replacement unit and old unit shipping is covered by Animas.
Free loaners (Medtronic charges). I travel out of country
and prior to leaving, I call Animas and request a loaner pump. One is
sent free of charge. If I don't break the seal and use, I return after
my trip and Animas covers shipping both ways. Should your pump fail,
call for authorization to use the loaner and then return your old pump.
- Lots of accessories. I daily use the hard case holster to clip the
pump to the shower curtain, my PJs at night, etc.
- Lots of options for adjusting the bolus and basal rates.
- CalorieKing Carb database on the pump. I don't use it much, but it
is there and customizable (you can add your own favorites) if you so
desire to use it.
- Ping communicates with a OneTouch Ultra meter -- I have not tried
- Customization alarm tunes (I don't use)
- Don't remember the details, but I believe Animas dispenses more
frequently and can be at smaller dosage increments than the MM.
Cons of Animas
- Fewer users and fewer physicians with experience than with MM. My endo and her
staff are not familiar with the Animas pumps like they are the MM, this
is because Medtronic has an aggressive salesforce.
- EZManager Max software is full-featured (pro) and prints lots of
graphs/plots. However, I have had problems with it on MS Windows Vista
to recognize both my OneTouch UltraMini and the Pump to download and
integrate all the data. I am guessing it is more full-featured than the
MM software (but don't know for sure) since my endo is surprised at how
much data is displayed and she is most familiar with MM.
The Dexcom 7+, although it does not perfectly match my finger stick readings, I have been pleasantly surprised that it is usually within 5 -
10%. Sometimes it is spot on. 2009 was the first time that my
insurance authorized CGM, so I jumped on it and I am glad that I did.
Looking at other forums, it appears that others prefer the Dexcom over
the MM CGM for accuracy. Having the separate Dexcom receiver from the
pump is a hassle since I constantly carry the pump, a meter, and the
Dexcom receiver. Add in a cell phone and you get lots a devices to
carry. Look forward to an integrated solution in the devices, but also
software to integrate all the data for analysis (the engineer in me
I would never go back to MDI and I think I will like CGM as much as
pumping as I get more experience with it. Animas is a great choice.
You may be more on your own locally, depending on the market that you
Hope that helps.