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Apr. 12, 2013

Nova Scotia's Financial Support for Insulin Pumpers to Have a Positive Effect on Pharmacies

Oakville, Ont., April 12, 2013 – The Nova Scotia government’s recent decision to offer financial assistance for insulin pumps and pump supplies to young people will create an opportunity for the province’s pharmacies to play a more prominent role in helping people with type 1 diabetes manage their health.

The program is expected to begin taking applications by July 31. It earmarks $5.3 million annually to cover the cost of insulin pumps and supplies for eligible youth to the age 18 and supplies for adults aged 19 to 25 who use a pump and have type 1 diabetes.

“We’re delighted with this decision and how it will help people who currently can’t afford the benefits of an insulin pump,” says Melany Hellstern, president of insulinpumps.ca, a national distributor of insulin pump supplies and diabetes management products to pharmacies. “The program will build awareness about pump therapy and encourage more people to consider using a pump.”

This bodes well for Nova Scotia’s pharmacies, she explains, since many people will turn to pharmacies for advice on pump therapy and supplies. “It gives pharmacies the opportunity to provide their expertise and become ‘pharmacies of choice’ for pump therapy knowledge and support.”

Hellstern stresses that one of her company’s key goals is to educate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians about the value of pump therapy and provide them with diverse, unbiased product knowledge so they can help consumers make the right product choices.

To this end, insulinpumps.ca offers training sessions and accredited courses on insulin pump therapy, product education kits and samples, consultations, 24-7 phone support and an online order portal. It’s also developing a website that will use online promotions, a “Pharmacy Locator,” product information and social media to drive present and potential insulin pumpers to pharmacies for products, knowledge and support.

It’s estimated that 87,000 people in Nova Scotia were diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2010 – about 9 per cent of the population. By 2020, that number is expected to reach 125,000 or 12.2 per cent of the population. These rates are well above the national average, and the second highest in the country.

About insulinpumps.ca     
insulinpumps.ca distributes an extensive range of insulin pump supplies and diabetes products to pharmacies across Canada. We also support them with product education that includes a CCCEP-accredited course on insulin pump therapy, a 24/7 help line managed by an experienced team of pumpers, and business development initiatives. Our products include infusion sets, inserters, reservoirs, pen needles, injection ports, glucose sensors, and skin preps and tape. We are the exclusive Canadian distributor of Orbit infusion sets and reservoirs and Clickfine pen needles.

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For more information please contact:

Melany Hellstern, President
Phone: 905.608.9100
Email: melany@insulinpumps.ca


The name “diabetes” is attributed to the famed Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia who practised in the first century A.D. The word means “siphon,” which refers to the copious urine of uncontrolled diabetes.