Abbott Freestyle Libre CGM

Ok, I know the FDA as approved the Libre Flash for sale here in the good oh USA, but can someone direct me to a good source to purchase this device now if possible to do so. I assume it would be another country at this time.

Also, are there any Libre users on the Forum


There is a delay between FDA approval and availability. The announcements said that the Libre would be available at pharmacies by the end of the year. At that point you could probably go to almost any local or mail order pharmacy and get it.

How is this device useful for a T1 (or insulin-using T2) when they are asleep or so active when they get low that it is almost as inconvenient to wave it over the sensor as it is to do a fingerstick? My G5 has very audible alarms, vibration, and even the bright screen to wake me or my wife up. That gives us the kinda piece of mind we’ve both looked forward to for so many years. I just don’t see the Libre useful under those circumstances. For less finger poking? Sure. Win on that one.

Fingersticks don’t tell you anything about your blood sugar over the past couple of hours while the FSL does. It may not be as useful as a CGM, but it may be helpful for those who can’t afford a CGM.


Yep. I want it because it shows trending info. That’s all I really want right now.

Not everyone has the same circumstances you do. I’m age 76 and a T1. It would be extremely rare that I would be so active that I’d get a delayed low in the night from activity. A typical mealtime dose of insulin is active between five and six hours in my body. So I just wait a minimum of four hours after dinner bolus to go to bed. OR if on a rare occasion I choose to go to bed shortly after dinner, I can be certain that the bladder would wake me up within a few hours, so there is no need for an alarm. I can check my BG then and either eat a little more or take a correction if it appears to need adjusting before the six-hours-from-bolus target point. My Lantus dose is set so my BG stays pretty level from the six hours point until 4 AM, when DP often starts. Only four times in 4+ years have I had a low in the night and none of those was a dangerous level one.

Sure, it would be nice to have alarms, but at the price of a couple of grand more per year? I don’t think so. I likely would not be able to afford to use it year round anyway, and an extra $75 for a reader is nothing compared to the cost of set up on a Dexcom if one only intended to use it one-fourth to one-half the time.

Also, I much prefer that the back of the arm as the accepted placement for the device. I’m thin and don’t want to give up territory on my abdomen which I need for all those MDI injections.

It is great that we’ll have one more choice for people who have different needs.


Go here and fill out the form to be one of the first in your neighborhood to get one

If you don’t want to wait you can get the sensors on ebay. To turn the sensor on you need the reader and the European ones are in mmol. After the sensor is on you can use glimp if you have an android and the right phone so it doesn’t ruin the sensor. There are some benefits to glimp Freestyle Libre reader vs Glimp app | Diabetes Forum • The Global Diabetes Community I suspect the mmol reader will be able to turn on the sensors shipped to the U.S. but I have not tried it yet.

My cost is ZERO, so that argument doesn’t hold water for me. :slight_smile:

The G5 is worn by many users on the back of the arm. Again, that argument doesn’t work, Uff_Da.

As a T1 there AINT NO WAY that my bg testing is going to happen “one fourth” or “one fifth” of the time.

My wife woke me up from a nap to tell me that the Dexcom alarm was going off (I was laying on my only good ear, so didn’t hear it and I must have not noticed the vibration alarm either, which is unusual).

Dave - given the G5 versus the Libre I would go with the G5 and I am a big Libre fan. The difference is cost. If my insurance is paying for the G5 there is little motivation to use the Libre IMO.

Now, a lot of endos have figured out the Libre Pro requires the PWD to come back to the office every 2 weeks. This has turned into a new profit center replacing the sensor and doing the reading and they have been doing this a lot with T1s who don’t have Dexcom coverage.

If you want the 5 minute auto alarms on the Libre you can get a blucon but again more cost and things to break. Another thing is for T2s, the Libre is the perfect short term CGM when they are titrating on afrezza. After a month most typically no longer need the 24/7 profiling. I know the VDex guys have been using the Libre Pro until the Libre’s availability and they have had great results.

I use the Libre!! and i like it. As for the alarms it will do the post meal 1 or 2 or both alarms 1 thing is missing and that it don’t have a Transmitter, so then you have to scan it to get a result.

My fingers are thankful to not to be pricked. But i have never had the pleasure of using the G5 from Dexcom.
The Sensors from the Libre is very comfortable!!! I just have to remember that i have one on my arm, and very easy to apply too, they even supply an alcohol swab for you!!

But you all have to agree that CGM’s are the best tool to use against this disease!! :heart_eyes:

I hope we get this in the US soon and I hope it is affordable!

At $92:50 AUS and readers are a little more Each

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