Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System Received Approval from US FDA

US FDA approved Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System.  Abbott announced that US Food and Drug Administration approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash glucose monitoring system as a replacement for blood glucose monitoring (BGM) for adults suffering from diabetes in the US.

This new technology helps in eliminating the routine finger sticks and is the only personal continuous glucose monitor (CGM) available currently which does not require finger stick calibration. This revolutionary technology is designed in such a way that it is approachable, accessible and affordable and for 30 million people with diabetes in America.

The FreeStyle Libre Glucose Monitoring System reads the glucose levels through a sensor that need to be worn on the back of the upper arm for around 10 days. This feature makes it the longest lasting personal glucose sensor available in the US.

The painful finger sticks can be avoided with this new technology of glucose monitoring system. Physicians can easily treat the diabetic patients based on this information from the FreeStyle Libre System.

Jared Watkin, senior vice president, Diabetes Care, Abbott said, “Today, we are celebrating a breakthrough moment for people with diabetes in the US—an end to the worry and hassles associated with routine finger sticks which have been the standard of glucose testing for more than 40 years. At Abbott, we believe that FreeStyle Libre will transform diabetes management and we’re proud to be at the forefront of innovation that empowers people to take control of their health to live their best lives.”

Benefits of using FreeStyle Libre System

The common benefits associated with the use of FreeStyle Libre System includes the following:

  • Apply sensors on your own
  • Small sized sensor of two stacked quarters
  • It can capture real-time glucose readings with one-second painless scans of a small hand-held reader over the sensor.
  • Helps in monitoring the levels of glucose trends with a directional arrow
  • It can review 8 hours of glucose history
  • More convenient as the patient can receive glucose readings through the clothing.
  • The FreeStyle sensors are water resistant.
  • It can also be worn while swimming and under the shower.
  • It avoids the interference with acetaminophen, an active ingredient in the medications.

It provides a visual snapshot of a person’s glucose fluctuations called Ambulatory Glucose Profile (AGP).


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