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to modify diet or medication to better

manage their diabetes.

In addition, the system is designed

to provide people and their healthcare

providers with their Ambulatory Glucose

Profile (AGP), which is a user-friendly

chart that provides a visual display of

glucose control and variability. With more

consistent data displayed as an AGP

people with diabetes will get a much

better understanding of their daily pattern.

This will help them to better tailor their

insulin and other activities to avoid blood

glucose highs and lows.

It's anticipated that the product will

launch in Europe by the end of 2014.

Abbott, which currently offers the

FreeStyle range of blood test meters,

has initiated a clinical trial to evaluate

the company's next-generation glucose

sensing technology which is called the

FreeStyle Libre System. Eliminating the

need for routine finger prick tests by

taking glucose readings via a small sensor

worn on the body. Unlike many current

sensors, these should last up to 14 days,

and automatically measure and store

glucose data for eight hours.

The new trial is enrolling approximately

210 people with Type 2 diabetes across

three European markets - the U.K.,

Germany and France. There are plans to

initiate a second European clinical trial for

people with Type 1.

The FreeStyle Libre System's glucose

readings are taken by scanning a small

reader over the sensor. No additional

finger prick tests are required to get a

reading nor does the system require

any finger prick calibrations. Scanning

can be done while the sensor is under

clothing, making testing with this system

both discreet and convenient. Glucose

readings can be taken as many times per

day as needed or desired.

Data generated by the system

provides actionable trends and patterns

that should help users determine how

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