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Sanofi-Aventis launches iBGStar iPhone diabetes device

updated 05:10 am EDT, Wed September 22, 2010

Standalone, or with iPhone to track blood glucose

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis today launched its iBGStar hybrid medical device to monitor blood glucose levels that can also be plugged into an iPhone or an iPod touch. The iBGStar is USB-sized blood glucose monitor that works as a standalone monitor, or it can be used with the new iBGStar Diabetes Manager app. Users can download the app for free from the iTunes store early 2011, although the device itself still requires FDA 510(k) clearance.

The iBGStar standalone device has a screen, its own battery, and a 300-test memory like many other glucose meters on the market. However, where it differs is in its iPhone connectivity. When connected to an iPhone running the Diabetes Manager app, it automatically uploads the data stored on the iBGStar and tracks personal diabetes information. This allows users and their healthcare professional to analyse trends and variations helping diabetes suffers better control their illness. Sharing results is also easy, and users can quickly send their data electronically to their healthcare professional for review.

When it receives FDA approval as anticipated, the iBGStar will be available for purchase directly from Sanofi for an expected retail price of $80.

iBGStar attached to iPhone

iBGStar standalone

iBGStar with testing strip

iBGStar combined with iPhone and case

by MacNN Staff




    Joined: Dec 1969


    Poor Design.

    This device does not make any sense. Instead of having physical connectivity it should have been designed with Bluetooth so that users could link it to the iPhone and upload the readings to the application.

    In its current form I don't it being useful at all. It is too bulky and unwieldy when connected to the phone. Attaching and removing it from the phone will make it a pain in the azz.


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