But not available in the US??!!
I think someone else just posted about this before? I want one too!
Hopefully it will be made available in the US of A soon. Or we could move ;)
I will do a search
Karen, I got myself on the Abbott email updates, hopefully we won't have to move.
Search came up withhttps://forum.tudiabetes.org/topics/abbott-freestyle-libre-approved-for-sale-sensor-based-glucose-met?commentId=583967%3AComment%3A3509106
Wow! Looks great! No calibration on this new CGM would be great!! Although how does one know it's working correctly? Hmmm....
Like with the CGM you still have to test with a strip but to see if things are correct.....the Libre is real time I believe no delays like a CGM.
When it launches in the UK it should be available on www.amazon.co.uk. They will ship to the US. I’ve done this for other products not yet approved, such as the Novopen Echo before it was available in the US.
The only disadvantage to this concept as it stands for potential US customers is that insurance will not pay for anything that lacks FDA approval. I believe that this technology is an excellent replacement for a fingerstick meter but it does not continuously feed data for the user to observe at any time. Due to that constraint, it cannot give alarms to prompt vital and timely treatment, for example, when sleeping. It is for these reasons that I conclude that this technology is not a replacement for the CGM. The writer of the referenced article seems confused on this point.
I would, however, gladly trade my 12-15 fingersticks each day for conveniently passing the receiver near the sensor to not only grab the current BG data-point but also all the retrospective data. The AGP report is the best BG data analysis tool out there right now. It provides a simple single page graph that can inform at a glance where to focus attention.
I'm hoping that this device and its supplies are not too pricey as I would seriously consider buying one out-of-pocket.
I think it will be in the US within a year to 18 months.. I do sincerely believe that in my lifetime, if there is not a cure for diabetes, there will be technological advances, just like this one, that will make the everyday management of diabetes far less tedious. I think this type of said- to-be reliable technology, combined with "artificial pancreas" like pumps, are within reach, as well. I may still have diabetes in 2020, but I really believe that I will be able to stay "in range " with far less effort.
#Cup is always half-full Brunetta
That would be great! I wonder if an RX is required.
I found this post dated 15 September, 2014 from a PWD in the UK that was part of a group of PWDs given the Abbott Libre starter kit. The kit includes the reader and two 14-day sensors. This post answers many, but not all, of the questions we raise.
The starter kit sells for 133.29 British Pounds (about $217.26 USD) and individual sensors at 48.29 British Pounds (approximately $78.71 USD).
The post contains a link to an online store to purchase Libre items but when I clicked on it, it said that my country was not eligible to access this store. Anybody have suggestions or workarounds for a determined non-UK PWD?
This is a detailed review written from the perspective of a PWD. This post links to several other UK PWD bloggers that have also written about the Libre. I will follow them now!
Here are the other UK PWD links in the above referenced post:
Great to read reviews of actual users rather than trying to glean meaning from public relations and marketing narrative.
Cool thank you
Miss Jen Grieves had me laughing several times in her review of the Libre. She has an irreverent and fun style. Here's a little of her review:
I’ve now had this bad boy for 72 hours. My initial bewilderment at being able to test in one second, through my clothes, on the move, has not wavered. It’s incredible. The data graph is mesmerising – watching my sugars react to food, exercise, stress – for instance, I went up .5 mmol/l in a minute after rushing for the bus – is outrageously entertaining. I’m geeking out like never before – normally I leave the numbers to other, entirely more capable bloggers.
I also found this photo of her doing an "armpit swipe" to scan her Libre.
Oh, the things we do to live with D!
Here’s the link to her blog, again.
I'm sorry if I offend anyone making multiple comments, but this topic has me excited. I want to add that the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK does not pay PWDs to use the Libre. People there will have to pay out-of-pocket. I find this interesting that Abbott seems confident to introduce their product in a country where cost will influence, to a large degree, the success of this D-tech.
I want one, too!
you bet, I want one to try. And what gives with the guff of no access in America:
There will be a way to get this before the FDA and/or Abbott troubles itself with bringing this tech here. If I pay out of pocket, I'm sure there's a way to get my hands on one soon. My endocrinologist even implied getting D-gear in Europe was not that hard for Americans. Hell, I may just get on an airplane and go get it myself!
I like the way the Brits refer to their D-tech as "kit" or "kits."
I'm like a dog with a bone!
DiaTribe (the online monthly D-resource with a September 16, 2014 date stamp) has this to say about securing a Libre:
People do not need a prescription to purchase the device at online European web shops, which are expected to begin selling the system in the next month.
Guess I won't have to hop a plane.