So far on the websites there’s not a lot of information other than the fact that if you want to stay in touch you can enter your information and you will be advised when the full website is launched. The company has in the past received FDA approval for the Finesse Insulin Patch-Pen product when combined with insulin pumps in 2010. Earlier this year J and J subsidiary, Animas received some negative attention for selling some faulty insulin pumps with a warning letter from the FDA as some related events required patients to be hospitalized. The company began manufacturing and shipping from other manufacturing locations to correct the issues.
In view of the fact that it seems the patch is made to work with insulin pumps I don’t know if the two are related or not, but just pulling up a bit of recent history. BD
From the website:
Finesse is a small, flat, disposable, mealtime insulin delivery patch that is only about a ¼” thick and just a little longer than a mid sized paper clip. Entirely mechanical with no batteries, no electronics, no separate infusion sets. Stays comfortably adhered to your body for up to 3 days through showering, exercising, sleeping, intimacy. To dose insulin during mealtimes, snack times, or for correction boluses, simply squeeze the 2 buttons together on the patch right through your clothing. Anytime. Anywhere. And unlike syringes or insulin pens, no prep is ever needed, it takes only a few seconds to dose, and no one will ever see. It is truly that simple!
Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) LifeScan unit has acquired a closely held developer of a wearable insulin patch for people with diabetes.
LifeScan acquired Calibra Medical Inc., of Redwood City, Calif., on July 13, said LifeScan spokesman Dave Detmers.
Financial terms aren't being disclosed. The insulin patch isn't available yet, and LifeScan isn't saying when it expects it to become available. The product must meet "a number of milestones" before it reaches market.