Thursday, 18 June 2015

Insulin pump end of days: The Animas 2020, IR 1200 and IR 1250

With all the hype around the Vibe insulin pump in recent years it would be easy to forget about the the Animas 2020 insulin pump, which was a complete favourite across the diabetes community and at one time the most exciting pump on the technology landscape.  Many still wear one because they love it so much.  But for those people still using an Animas 2020 insulin pump (and the IR 1250 and IR1200) this New Year's Eve will signal the close of a chapter on their current insulin pump choice, because the software these pumps uses will no longer be functioning after 31st December 2015.

This has come about because of memory limitations of the technology at the time the platform was created, but as these products are no longer manufactured by Animas they are focusing their efforts on creating the next generation of products in order to provide patients with better solutions and sheckshy new technology.

After 31st December 2015 the pump will no longer function, and will generate a 'Call Service' alarm.

In order to avoid any disruption to insulin pump usage, it is really important that you contact Animas UK as soon as possible, who will offer a replacement Vibe pump, if eligible.  No additional warranty will come with the new pump.

If you use a 2020, IR 1250 or IR 1200 please contact Animas on:

Customer Service
0800 055 6606 (for UK)
1800 812 715 (for IE)

Saturday, 13 June 2015

A belated look back at the Animas weekend 2015

Somehow life has run away with me in recent weeks, but finding time to review the Animas weekend which took place back at Loughbourough University in May 2015 and give a little look at the photos from the weekend has been a 'must-do' for quite some time.  

Two years ago Sir Steve Redgrave said this about the journey he had been on since meeting Dr Ian Gallen after his diabetes diagnosis, and then going on to win his fifth Olympic Gold medal after his guidance and advice:

When I was diagnosed with diabetes and thought that my sporting career would have to come to an end I was absolutely devastated.  But with the support of Ian Gallen and his team, I was given the confidence to carry on with rowing and I was able to stay at the same level that I was at before having the condition; going on to win gold at the Sydney Olympics 2000.  I came up with the quote "diabetes has to live with me not me live with diabetes."  And that has stayed with me ever since in whatever I do in life. 

Want to find out more information for next year, so you can come along and be immersed in a weekend of fun, surrounded by people with type 1 all wanting to learn more about sport and the effect it has on diabetes, then email

And check out the video montage of this year's exploits.