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Sept. 9, 2013

New insulinpumps.ca Website Aims to Power Pumpers Through Pharmacies

Oakville, Ont., Sept. 9, 2013 – Insulin pumpers across Canada will have a new online resource they can use to make more informed decisions about insulin pump therapy and buying their diabetes products.

It’s the new website of insulinpumps.ca, a national distributor of insulin pump supplies and diabetes management products, that works with partners such as Loblaw pharmacy, DRUGStore Pharmacy, Rexall, Rexall Pharma Plus, Walmart, Safeway, Remedy’sRx, Peoples Drug Mart and Lovell Drugs.

“Our goal is provide insulin pumpers and people considering a pump with product knowledge and choices so they can effectively manage their health and lead better lives,” says Melany Hellstern, founder and president of insulinpumps.ca.

The website offers information on the benefits of insulin pump therapy, how to buy a pump and public funding for pumps and pump supplies. It gives answers to frequently asked questions about insulin pump therapy and has definitions to commonly used terminology. It also has links to a variety of websites and news articles that offer useful information about diabetes and pump therapy.

The home page will regularly feature innovative products and promotions, conduct ongoing public surveys and contains a live Twitter feed that directs visitors to useful information about pump therapy and diabetes.

In addition to a catalogue of popular products, the site has a Pharmacy Locator where people can easily find a pharmacy near them that sells items such as infusion sets, inserters, reservoirs, pen needles, injection ports and glucose sensors.

Hellstern explains pharmacies are the key to her company’s service approach, because everyone with diabetes visits their pharmacy regularly for essentials like insulin, syringes and diabetes medications. The other reason is that many people have strong relationships with their pharmacists, who consistently rank among the most trusted professionals.

“Our company tagline – Powering Pumpers Through Pharmacies – says it all. We work through our pharmacy partners to empower pumpers, give them unbiased information and product selection, and often save them money,” she says.

The formation of insulinpumps.ca can be traced back to the personal frustrations Hellstern experienced when her 9-year-old had problems with his infusion set. She didn’t know about the alternatives, since at the time insulin pump supplies were largely sold by pump manufacturers – who sold only their own brands of products. After joining a parent support group and learning about her options, she eventually became a sales representative for the company that made her son’s new infusion sets. This eventually led her to start her own company.

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.