The Tandem t:slim X2 Insulin Pump Is Coming to Canada, eh?

By October 26, 2017Fresh Air Blog

Words by Jen Hanson  |  Photos by Mike Last and Chrissy Keown

[UPDATE – 2018/02/20: This afternoon Tandem announced another significant milestone in their international plans with the submission of a medical device license application to Health Canada to market the t:slim X2™ Insulin Pump with Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM integration.  Tandem plans to launch in Canada in the second half of this year, subject to regulatory approvals.]

Recently, news of insulin pump manufacturer Animas shutting its doors in North America spiraled into the community leaving insulin pump users with many more questions than answers. Some of the biggest questions surround what this means for patient choice in Canada, and how it will impact the pump market as Medtronic (who currently holds the largest market share in the Canada) becomes the only tubed insulin pump player in the country? What should pumpers whose pumps are out of warranty or type 1s interested in pump therapy for the first time keep their eyes on?

And let’s be real – The big question has been “When is Tandem coming to Canada?” 

Although there is no availability date to share [UPDATE – 2018/02/20: This afternoon Tandem announced another significant milestone in their international plans with the submission of a medical device license application to Health Canada to market the t:slim X2™ Insulin Pump with Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM integration.  Tandem plans to launch in Canada in the second half of this year, subject to regulatory approvals.], we are so excited to let the community know that Tandem announced on October 26, 2017 that they have prioritized their efforts to make Canada the first country they will launch in outside of the United States in 2018.

If you’d heard about Tandem coming to Canada before today, you likely didn’t hear anything about timing. There was an announcement several weeks ago about plans to submit for Health Canada approval, but if you read through releases carefully, you’ll realize that there was never a mention about Canada being the next launch site. So now, it’s official!

Tandem t:slim X2 Insulin Pump

We wanted to take a moment to share a bit more about Tandem and their products so you can know what to expect if you might be in the market for a new pump in the near future.

We also wanted to give you a chance to get information straight from Tandem when they do launch and to be kept in the loop about any info we might hear along the way from our friends in San Diego (where Tandem is based.) If you’re interested in opting in to the Tandem-specific mailings, let us know, below.

Here are the basics about the Tandem t:slim X2 pump

Remote software update capability

Described as the pump that gets updated not outdated. Whenever a new software update gets approved, you can plug your pump into the computer and it will be updated. This becomes important as, say, Dexcom comes out with a new CGM. If it’s approved for the t:slim X2, you won't need a whole new pump, just a software update you can do from home.

Dexcom G5 integration

The t:slim X2 pump comes with built in Dexcom G5 integration. You can see your CGM readings right on the screen of the pump!

300 unit cartridge

Even with its slim design, the t:slim X2 holds 300 units of insulin.

Colour touchscreen

(We'll teach them about the mandatory 'u' in colour in Canada.) The touchscreen gives them the power to move buttons around through a software update to make room for new features like an interactive CGM screen, like they did following approval of G5 integration earlier this year.

Rechargeable battery

The pump uses a micro-USB port to recharge. No battery changes or costs required.

Watertight

Tested at 3 feet for 30 minutes, so their pumps are protected in the event of accidental dunks, sweat, rain, etc.

Disclaimer: Connected in Motion receives a grant through Tandem Diabetes Care to support our SoCal Slipstream weekend in California. We consider them one of our many partners, helping us to bring programming to life. 

Tandem t:slim X2 Insulin Pump