Bayer’s CONTOUR NEXT LINK Glucometer Now a Medtronic Standard

Bayer’s CONTOUR NEXT LINK Glucometer Now a Medtronic Standard

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) and Bayer HealthCare today announced that Bayer’s CONTOUR? NEXT LINK, a new blood glucose meter, is now available in the U.S. with Medtronic’s compatible integrated diabetes management systems.

Bayer’s new meter provides exceptional accuracy utilizing high-performance CONTOUR? NEXT test strips, helping optimize insulin delivery through wireless communication with the MiniMed? Paradigm™ REAL-Time Revel™ insulin pump and the MiniMed? Paradigm™ REAL-Time insulin pump. People with diabetes can have greater confidence that seamless integration with Medtronic’s Bolus Wizard? makes bolus calculations quick and easy, eliminating inaccuracies due to manual entry errors.

Bayer’s CONTOUR? NEXT LINK utilizes the new, high-accuracy CONTOUR? NEXT test strips that deliver exceptional accuracy for close-to-professional lab results that people with diabetes can count on, especially in the low glucose range (

About Bayer HealthCare

The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 17.2 billion (2011), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 55,700 employees (December 31, 2011) and is represented in more than 100 countries. Find more information at

About the Diabetes Business at Medtronic

The Diabetes business at Medtronic ( is the world leader in advanced diabetes management solutions, including integrated diabetes management systems, insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring systems and therapy management software, as well as world-class, 24/7 expert consumer and professional service and support.

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world.

Bayer Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

Medtronic Forward-Looking Statements

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic’s periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

Bayer is releasing in the U.S. its new high accuracy CONTOUR NEXT LINK, a wireless blood glucose meter designed to work with insulin pumps. As a matter of fact, the new glucometer will come standard with Medtronic‘s pumps, including the flagship MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel. The meter is also compatible with Medtronic’s stand-alone Guardian REAL-Time continuous glucose monitor.

Medtronic is planning on shifting all its insulin pump customers to the CONTOUR NEXT LINK, including shipping out the new glucometer to those using older devices.

Enables fast and easy bolus dosing and continuous glucose monitoring calibration

Pass-through feature allows for easy downloading to Medtronic’s convenient online CareLINK software, replacing the CareLINK USB device

Bayer’s No Coding™ technology makes testing easy by automatically setting the correct code each time a test strip is inserted

Easy-to-read display with large, clear numbers

Fast 5-second countdown and small 0.6 ?L blood sample

Optional pre- and post-meal markers with audible reminders

I promised details on the investigational Bayer Contour Next LINK Meter provided with my pump for the trial, so here you have it. A picture says a thousand words, so I’m going to take advantage of that. Forgive me, however, for the not-so-great picture quality. I had to use my phone camera today, as the other camera’s batteries were dead. FYI – If you click on an image, you can see it in a larger format. You also have the option of clicking through all the image up close.

Bayer Contour Meter has a USB connection for charging and downloading readings,

Results are displayed across the screen first in a big bold font, then it shoots to a smaller font as seen as it sends the results to the pump. Tough shot: Green bar says, “Results Sent.”

There is a useful “Notes” screen that includes this and the following image.

Notes also includes “Activity,” which isn’t pictured

The meter also includes a reminder to recheck your blood sugar. I haven’t used this yet, but this is a new feature, so I’m trying it out.

This is the Menu screen.

This is what you see when you select “Trends.”

The is an image of the Logbook. The text under this reading has a scrolling, “Sent, High Blood Sugar.”

Same scrolling text and amber color for a low. Font is white if reading is normal.

Easy on/off button, which seems like a silly thing to show you, but if you have the One Touch UltraLink, you understand. Just try turning the sucker off without throwing it out the window. Such an incredibly simple thing to make so hard.

Pretty cool! I didn’t give it enough credit in my first post, but I also hadn’t played with it much at that point. I don’t upload the meter into Carelink, all results are sent to the pump, so they are uploaded with the pump info. However, if you needed to upload the meter only, you could. Whatcha think?

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