19 Responses

  1. Joe
    Joe September 5, 2014 at 4:21 am | | Reply

    I hope this device does make it the States. However you can rest assured that NO Insurance company will cover it initially.

  2. Terry
    Terry September 5, 2014 at 7:51 am | | Reply

    This product makes a lot of sense to me. A strong economic case can be made for replacing my 12-a-day strip habit, something the CGM could never claim. And the Libre would give me numbers to inform treatment decisions. I would still wear my CGM.

    It’s ironic that Abbott Diabetes is headquartered just miles from where I live yet they will market to Europeans, first.

  3. Ronel
    Ronel September 5, 2014 at 8:56 am | | Reply

    It would have been great if it had alarms that could predict low or high BG levels and if it was integrated with a pump..

  4. Laddie
    Laddie September 5, 2014 at 11:00 am | | Reply

    As I get closer to Medicare age and have to think about persuasive arguments for CGM coverage, the strongest argument is that the CGM alerts me to lows and highs when I’m not testing. Times like when I’m sleeping, driving, or working out, etc. This device is very interesting and if it totally replaces fingersticks at a somewhat similar cost, that would be great. But as much as I get annoyed by alarms, I need them. Without alarms, this device won’t replace my CGM and I can’t imagine any insurance covering both. But still exciting nonetheless.

    1. AmyT
      AmyT September 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm | | Reply

      Well said, Laddie. I totally agree that alarms annoy me, but they do bring the core value of the CGM to life.

  5. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth September 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm | | Reply

    Agree with Laddie, it’s a nice idea and certainly better than finger sticks, but definitely doesn’t replace a CGM, which many of us wear because of hypo unawareness and to be notified of highs/lows at night. (And this only stores 8 hours of data??)

    It’s great to have options, but I see this more as a device for those Type 2′s who are not on insulin, and want to be able to easily monitor and get away from finger sticks. (Maybe that’s their target population?)

    Now…if they could make an accurate 14 day sensor (especially one this small) that monitored continuously, alarmed, and stored weeks of data so you could plot trends? The best of both worlds? That would be something for T1′s to really get excited about.

    1. Elizabeth
      Elizabeth September 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm | | Reply

      (Just realize I described a typical CGM in my last paragraph, haha. I meant to add “without fingerstick calibration.” But really calibrating a couple of times a day is no big deal, and I’d hope nobody would trust this new device’s accuracy without also testing periodically to make sure it was on track.)

  6. denise
    denise September 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm | | Reply

    As a mom of a 12 yr old d kid I have no use for anything that doesn’t send data to the cloud. Cgm in the cloud is the only way to go. Now that I’ve experienced nightscout I will never go back to a regular cgm.

  7. Anon
    Anon September 8, 2014 at 8:50 am | | Reply

    Hi! I live in the UK, just had this fired into my arm today! Will report back later!

  8. Laurie Dyer
    Laurie Dyer September 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm | | Reply

    No thanks, the only reason we use a CGM is for the alarms. Besides, my daughter is down to 3 finger sticks a day with her Dexcom. Isn’t the next generation Dexcom supposed to be finger stick-less? I’ll wait for them!

  9. Phil
    Phil September 11, 2014 at 10:36 am | | Reply

    Why I like this for my 10yo:

    1) 14 day duration. With the pump site changes every 2 days, adding a CGM change every 7 (dexcom G4) it’s too much for her

    2) no fingerstick calibration. A reason she lost interest in the CGM is that it added no value to her management (according to her. We of course loved the insights). Having to calibrate and to use regular meter before bolus meant no reduction in finger sticks. I assume you can use this for bolus calculations w/I finger stick.

    3) size. Appears less obtrusive than her Dexcom g4 sensor

    I hope the FDA can get out of its own way on this.

  10. David
    David September 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm | | Reply

    The dream would be if sensors can replace fingersticks entirely, be obtainable at pharmacy copay, and cost almost as cheap as fingersticking 7x daily with the added benefit of trend info.

  11. Phillip Carr
    Phillip Carr September 12, 2014 at 5:31 am | | Reply

    “No finger prick calibration” is not quite true. Abbott say in their small print “A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the System or when symptoms do not match the System readings”.

  12. andrew
    andrew September 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm | | Reply

    I have had the new free style in since 3rd September and think this device is a god send. Pity not available on prescription but will buy if I can.

  13. dayz
    dayz September 15, 2014 at 3:19 am | | Reply

    WE KNOW a cgm is better , but some people CAN’T AFFORD A CGM !!!

  14. Heather
    Heather September 16, 2014 at 8:38 am | | Reply

    So why wouldn’t I get an appointment with a private (not NHS) British Endo, fly to the UK, get one of these and come home to the US? Obviously it would not be covered by my health insurance but the cost does not appear to be prohibitive especially taking into account the drastic reduction in test strip usage over time.

    Are we allowed to import medical devices for personal use that are not FDA approved? Would I be unable to re-order censors from the US?

    Knowing that American’s routinely and legally go abroad for surgeries – and routinely and Illegally order medications from overseas, both at their own risk of course, I’m very curious about how this might work.


  15. antonio
    antonio September 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm | | Reply

    I live in spain and you don’t need a spanish endo, you probably can buy directly thought abbot webpage.

    1. Heather
      Heather September 19, 2014 at 9:43 am | | Reply

      Thank you Antonio. The UK page is blocked in the US and I assume the same for the others… but I will continue to explore this. -

  16. Nevet
    Nevet September 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm | | Reply

    Wow! I can’t believe what enthusiasm for this terrific fingerstick-freeing product abounds here – not! Doesn’t compute altho many seem to be either CGM wearers or CGM employees. LOL However, with both added together likely less than 1% of all diabetics, I’m wondering where all the fans are hiding.

    I, for one, a 25yr 6sticks/day T1d in SoCA can’t wait…so have already googled for a UK mail-order pharmacy to get on their list to be notified as soon as the product’s available there.

    p.s. Great review, Mike, thanks! Keep up the good work!

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