The SteadyMed PatchPump
SteadyMed is a new company to the PAH disease state. They have a novel small subcutaneous pump system (PatchPump) that is being studied for the delivery of Treprostinil (the generic version of Remodulin). The version of Treprostinil that is included in the pump is called Trevyent and is free of preservatives. The company just recently reported a successful trial confirming the accuracy of their PatchPump system. Unlike the existing system for the delivery of subcutaneous Remodulin (treprostinil), the new system is disposable and comes prefilled with medication so no mixing is required.
The advantages of the new PatchPump include no mixing or changing of batteries. The pumps will be supplied pre-filled with medication and programmed to deliver the precise amount of medication. The new system unfortunately does not do anything to improve site pain (pain at the infusion site from the medication as it infuses under the skin). Nor does the new system allow patients to swim or submerge their body in water while wearing the pump.
This new pump system further adds to the options available for Pulmonary Hypertension patients. We look forward to the ongoing development of this pump and medication system.
Here’s a video that shows how it works: