FreeStyle Libre Coming Soon

By DrJohn Latest Reply 2017-12-05 09:02:03 -0600
Started 2017-11-28 16:35:35 -0600

The FreeStyle Libre has been selling in Europe for several years. Abbott just got FDA approval in September 2017. Rumor is that it will be on sale in the United States in December 2017.

This is FDA approved it as a continuous glucose monitor. But, it doesn't have an alarm and doesn't transmit continuously. It keeps track of glucose data every several minutes for the last 12 hours. One holds the reader up to it within 1.5 inches to get the data.

The reader cost about $70 and the sensors cost about $70. The sensors are supposed to last 14 days or at least 10 days.

It is not as good as a continuous glucose meter that has an alarm like the Dexcom. But, it costs significantly less.

Here is Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Website:


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DrJohn 2017-12-05 09:02:03 -0600 Report

It is now available through Walgreens, CVS, etc. Medicare does NOT cover it and my insurance (United Healthcare) didn't cover it either. I have it on order now. But, I'm very doubtful whether it will be useful. There are many problems such as:
1. It doesn't alarm. You need to hold the reader up to the sensor to get a reading. This is not helpful to people without hypoglycemic symptoms.
2. It takes 12 hours for it to "warm up"
3. Vitamin C and Aspirin interfere with the readings.
4. The sensor needs to be replaced every 10 days ($70 per sensor)
I will post a complete report of data after using it for 10 days.