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West Suffolk Diabetes Service - What's New

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News and Announcements

On this page, we will announce news and local events relating to the West Suffolk Diabetes Service. We will also present new developments and research initiatives from throughout the world of diabetes.

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Diabetes Team Secretary undertakes Great North Run in support of Diabetes UK

29 July 2005

Mrs Linda Whipp a member of the West Suffolk Diabetes Team plans to run a half marathon on the 18th of September. Her chosen charity is Diabetes UK. Anyone wishing to sponsor Linda, please get in touch with the Diabetes Department at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Exenatide (Byetta) approved by the US food and Drug Administration for use in Type 2 Diabetes

10 May 2005

The FDA has approved Exenatide (Tradename Byetta)for use as add-on therapy for people with type 2 diabetes who have not achieved good control with metformin and/or sulphonylureas.

Exenatide is administered as a fixed dose, subcutaneous injection given before morning and evening meals. The drug will be made available in both a 5-microgram dose and a 10-microgram dose pre-filled pen device.

Please note Exenatide is not yet available for use in the United Kingdom.

LifeScan are replacing the following meters, free of charge:

28 April 2005

All PocketScan and InDuo Meters

OneTouch Ultra Meters with a serial number starting with a letter from A-R

The serial number (SN) is located on the label on the back of your meter.

This does not affect users of One touch UltraSmart

to arrange your free replacement Onetouch Ultra Meter please call LifeScan Customer Care on 0800 028 8039 (UK only)

Opening of the West Suffolk Diabetes Centre by Mr Terry Waite CBE

8 March 2005

The Diabetes Centre at the West Suffolk Hospital was formally declared open at 12:30 pm today by Mr Terry Waite CBE. It is anticipated that the Diabetes Centre will be key to new developments within the diabetes service.

Funeral of John Peel takes place today

12 November 2004

The West Suffolk Diabetes Team is saddened to hear the news of John Peel's death.

He was instrumental in the launch of our mobile eye screening service and also helped us by attending teaching sessions for medical students to share his experience of diabetes with them. He will be sadly missed.

His funeral takes place today at the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. The Diabetes team send their condolences and sympathy to his family.

Liz Hartley

FDA Approves OptiClik™, New Insulin Pen System

1 September 2004

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved OptiClik™, a new reusable pen for injecting 24-hour LANTUS® (insulin glargine rDNA origin] injection) for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.


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