Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring, iCGM

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Abbott's FreeStyle Libre 2 is cleared by

the FDA as an iCGM device.

F

reeStyle Libre 2 is the only

integrated continuous

glucose monitoring

(iCGM) system available

that continuously

transmits glucose data every minute with

customizable, optional real-time alarms to

alert users when their glucose is high or

low without the need to scan the sensor.

Now for children (ages four and older) and

adults with diabetes, this latest technology

is the first and only iCGM that sustains

performance for up to 14 days providing

trends, insights and actionable data

"We're thrilled to bring our next

generation technology on our worldleading sensing platform to both children

and adults with diabetes in the US,"

said Jared Watkin, senior vice president,

Diabetes Care, Abbott.

Using Bluetooth technology, the

FreeStyle Libre 2 system automatically

alerts users when their glucose is high or

low without needing to scan the sensor.

Users also have the option of turning

off the customizable, real-time alarms.

iCGM in the USA

The system has a combined mean

absolute relative difference (MARD), a

measurement of performance for CGMs,

of 9.3% (9.2% for adults and 9.7% for

paediatrics), making it the only iCGM

sensor sustaining a high level of accuracy

over 14 days.

FreeStyle Libre 2 is not yet available

in the UK. The planned release has been

delayed. We will keep you informed when

there is further news.

Big RELIEF

New Data Show Use of Abbott's FreeStyle

Libre System reduces all-cause, diabetic

ketoacidosis-related hospitalisation rates

and acute diabetes events. Findings from

the RELIEF study in France showed for

the first time, in the largest retrospective

analysis of its kind of nearly 75,000

people living with diabetes, use of the

FreeStyle Libre system dramatically

decreases diabetic ketoacidosis-related

hospitalisations

Additional real-world data demonstrate

meaningful outcomes for people living

with diabetes who use Abbott's glucose

sensing technology, including lower rates

of acute diabetes events and all-cause

hospitalisations as well as significant

reductions in HbA1c levels

Data were presented as part of the

RELIEF study, the largest retrospective

study of its kind analysing the impact

of FreeStyle Libre portfolio use on

the incidence of hospitalisations for

diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). In the

study, researchers assessed nationwide

reimbursement claims data in France

of 74,158 people living with diabetes,

including 33,203 people with T1D and

40,955 people with T2D.

Overall, annual DKA rates dramatically

dropped by 52% in those with T1 diabetes

and 47% in those with T2 diabetes

when using the FreeStyle Libre system.

The greatest reductions in DKA-related

hospitalisations occurred in people who

did not conduct traditional finger-prick

testing, as well as those who performed

finger pricks more than five times per day,

regardless of previous test strip usage.

In those who did not finger prick,

results showed decreases of 60% and

51% in people with T1 and T2 diabetes,

respectively. For people who performed

finger pricks more than five times per day,

findings showed drops of 59% for people

with T1D and 52% for people with T2D.

Ronan Roussel, M.D., Ph.D., chief of

the endocrinology, diabetes and nutrition

department at Hôpital Bichat, Fédération

de Diabétologie, AP-HP in Paris, France,

and lead author for the RELIEF study,

said, "The results of this study strongly

support our hypothesis that the use of the

FreeStyle Libre technology enables people

to identify and reduce hyperglycaemia,

and in turn, limit diabetic ketoacidosis.

These data are suggestive of significant,

long-term health benefits and cost

savings from use of Abbott's sensorbased glucose monitoring system."

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