Abbott Freestyle Libre 2, Flash Glucose Monitoring, FSL2

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Second coming

A look at the new FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor from Abbott.

It's taken a little while to get here but

it's here: the FreeStyle Libre 2 (FSL2) is

available on the NHS for people who

qualify across most of the nation and

from the online FreeStyle Libre shop for

self-funders.

Availability of FSL2 in the UK was

slower than in other markets, as other

markets do not have to negotiate with

and navigate a relationship with the

NHS. Getting the original FreeStyle Libre

on prescription in 2017 was a massive

achievement for the diabetes sector. It

did take time, but with help from users

and healthcare professionals, it got over

the line. Now, as products evolve, the

company has a relationship in place with

the NHS for sensors.

The newer sensor model is available

at the same cost as the original FreeStyle

Libre model. While it is comprised of

similar components and has features that

existing users are familiar with, it comes

with improved accuracy and features realtime alarms.

Forewarned

Built on the same established ecosystem,

FSL2 brings three key benefits. First,

like the original FreeStyle Libre, FSL2 is

discreet, convenient and easy-to-use.

Second, it boasts improved accuracy.

Third, optional alarms can be generated

to warn users if their interstitial body

fluid glucose levels are rising or falling

fast enough to warrant the need to take

action. The alarms are received on the

FreeStyle Libre Link app; notifications

(rather than actual alarms) are sent to

LibreLinkUp (the caregiver app) if the user

has enabled sharing.

When the sensor comes out of the

box, the default is that the alarm systems

are turned off, so that their use can evolve

with the needs of the user. Similarly, the

existing Libre reader is not being phased

out, at least not at this time, as not

everyone uses smartphones. There has

been a growth in the use of technology

in diabetes care, but that it's not the case

for everyone, so the reader is offered

alongside the smartphone apps, with

updated readers being replaced for free

for those who need them. Although the

announcement was made at the end of

2020 that the UK was to get access for

FSL2, it did take time for the numerous

GP's commissioning systems to be

updated. Abbott's aim now is to raise

awareness that there are two models.

The system is proven as a safe and

efficient way to replace blood glucose

monitoring with very little need for

additional blood tests. The user's glucose

data is visible after scanning the sensor.

This is an evolution of the system; it has

better accuracy especially at the lower

range and can 'alarm appropriately'.

Sounds associated with the alarms can

be customized, which is to say there is a

choice of sounds or can put on to vibrate.

You might be wondering why the

alarms are optional, why wouldn't

everyone want them? But the fact is that

they are not for everyone. Alarms are used

more by certain people: those who don't

mind beeps letting them know what's

going on, in cases where the person

with diabetes has low hypo awareness,

for children - especially at nighttime,

or someone who is looked after by a

carer who needs to be made aware of a

potential high or low. So it's a choice.

People with diabetes who are not

existing users but who are interested in

finding out more about the technology

are being asked to wait until their next

appointment with their HCP to see if

they qualify. Existing users can choose

to migrate to the newer sensor at an

appropriate time, but they don't have to.

Meanwhile, there is availability from the

FreeStyle Libre shop for those who selffund and at the same cost.

www.freestylelibre.co.uk

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