FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System from Abbott PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:43

FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System from Abbott

freestyle libreThis is my personal view from a short trial with the FreeStyle Libre.

Can also be used as a regular blood glucose meter using test strips.

The Libre is a different from everything else in the market at present (Jan 2015)  It’s not a CGM (Constant Glucose Monitor)  If used constantly It enables you to see a full picture of your daily levels which helps you analyse your insulin and carbs and make adjustments to your diabetes management.

The Libre is more economical than available CGM, however it is not yet available on the NHS.  The cost savings are mostly due to the 3 year warranty (when registered) with the scanner.  If using a Dexom the transmitter has a mimimum 6 month warrenty, and the Medtronic Enlight transmitter has a 1 year warrenty.  If you do not have a pump with integrated  CGM then you have to factor in the cost of a receiver also.

Like CGM, The Libre reads from intestinal fluid, this is not blood but the fluid below the skin.  You cannot make a direct comparison to any BG meter or other CGM as results will always vary, but be rest assured the Libre has a good record or accuracy. 


Cost - in comparison to CGM

Size of (water resistant) sensor

Size and portability of reader

Ease of swipe to read BG

Reduction in daily finger pricks

Easy set up, no calibration required.


Finger prick testing still required for driving, fast changing BG levels, before corrections and if the Libre gives an unexpected result

Notes and recording insulin doses could be improved


I have heard healthcare professional say this is a fad, that Abbott are using clever marketing techniques to build up interest in the product, but I disagree entirely. I have not used the Libre long enough to see if it had any baring on my Hba1c, but as many others have been wearing it full time since its launch and are getting positive Hba1c results inline with expectations from the Libre, I do believe the proof is in the pudding and it is very hard to see any negatives about the Libre apart from financial ones.  

If you can afford it, give it a go and let me know what you think.

Starter Pack - Reader plus two sensors: £133.29 +VAT

FreeStyle Libre Reader: £48.29 +VAT (in VAT £57.95)

FreeStyle Libre Sensor: £48.29 +VAT (inc VAT £57.95)

Sensors last up to 14 days

(VAT may be wavered as this is for medical use)

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