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Abbott's glucose monitoring technology, FreeStyle Libre system gains reimbursement approval from UK's NHS

Abbott Park, Illinois
Friday, September 15, 2017, 11:00 Hrs  [IST]

Abbott announced that the FreeStyle Libre system is now available for reimbursement in the United Kingdom (UK). The National Health Service (NHS) Business Services Authority has approved the listing on the Drug Tariff for the FreeStyle Libre system for people with diabetes using insulin. This means that from November 1, 2017 it will be available for reimbursement via the NHS across England and Wales, NHS Scotland, and the Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.

"The FreeStyle Libre system has been shown to offer life-changing improvements for people with diabetes to help them live healthier and fuller lives," said Neil Harris, general manager of Abbott's UK diabetes care business. "We are delighted with the NHS decision, and we look forward to partnering with them to provide people with diabetes our innovative technology to help manage their condition."

Abbott's FreeStyle Libre system is designed to change how people with diabetes measure their glucose levels and ultimately help them achieve better health outcomes. The system automatically reads glucose levels through a sensor, approximately the size of a US quarter, that is worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days, eliminating the need for calibration and routine finger sticks.

"FreeStyle Libre has allowed me to properly track my glucose – it's finally connected the dots when it comes to managing my diabetes," said Dave Sowerby, a 42-year old living with type 1 diabetes from Lancashire, UK. "FreeStyle Libre more easily allows you to track how your glucose is changing versus using the finger stick method, as you can just scan on the go. This decision will allow people to finally take control of their condition, and understand it in a way they've never been able to before."

Two published clinical trials, including one published in The Lancet, together with real-world evidence from more than 50,000 users show that people with diabetes who use the FreeStyle Libre system scan their glucose levels an average of 15 times per day. The studies show that people who scan more frequently spend less time in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and demonstrate improved glucose control overall. As such, use of the FreeStyle Libre system leads to improved diabetes management.

With the data from the FreeStyle Libre system, people can have a better understanding of their glucose levels through the Ambulatory Glucose Profile (AGP), a chart generated by the software that provides a visual snapshot of glucose levels, trends and patterns over time. It also provides doctors with deeper insights to make more informed treatment decisions.

Abbott's FreeStyle Libre system was introduced across Europe in 2014, and is now available in 41 countries and used by more than 300,000 people with diabetes around the world. The UK now joins a group of 17 partially or fully reimbursed countries including France, Germany and Japan.


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Pradeep Awasthi Sep 17, 2017 11:12 PM
The introduction of Free style libre glucose monitoring system by Abbot is an extraordinary instrument which redefines the traditional glucometeres.Its availability in United Kingdom will be facilitated by National institute of health as reimbursement and free of cost to the patients.

The Free style libre system by Abbot is a luxurious glucose monitoring system,because of its ease to use with single sensor worn on back of upper arm,it provides precise glucose levels and more frequently as more than fifteen times in a day that allows patients to stay in normal glucose haemostasis.It equally enables to have ambulatory glucose monitoring with scanning the datas are collected in form of graph and helps phmedical practitioner in revising his treatment depending on glucose levels.

The Free syle libre monitoring system is assessed under clinical trials and its safety published in Lancet,In addition to this it has robust users feedback of 50,000 which claims its supe
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