I’ve been using the Freestyle Libre for about 2 and a half weeks now and I wanted to give my experiences with it.
COST:I have BCBS and they said they covered the reader and sensor as DME meaning they would pay 80%. Unfortunately Kroger Pharmacy(which was the only one in my area that had heard of the Libre and took my insurance) couldn’t run it as DME. My prescription insurance did cover them though. They covered $15 of the reader and $0 of the sensors. So the sensor cost $43 each and the reader cost $65. I called Abbott and they had a discount program that worked with my insurance to bring the cost down from $43 for one to $40 for 3. I’ll take that deal every day.
ACCURACY: It takes 12 hours to warm up, and for me, it’s immediately very accurate after the warmup is done. The reader will indicate if you’re trending up, down, or flat. I’ve found that if I’m flat and I do a fingerstick(with a Bayer Contour meter) I’m within 5 points. If I’m trending up or down, then I find that the Libre runs about 10 minutes behind a fingerstick. So if I’m trending and I do a fingerstick and then check the Libre again, it’s within 5 points.
OTHER THINGS: I’m on my second sensor and I have yet to feel it. I didn’t feel either of them at all when I put them on, and I don’t feel it while wearing it.
After 10 days, the reader won’t read the sensor anymore. There’s just a message saying that the sensor has expired. I have found a way to get a few more days though. If you have an Android phone(I don’t know if there’s anything on Apple that can do this) that has NFC, there is an app call Glimp that you can install and use your phone to scan the sensor even after the reader says it expired. There is a problem with Glimp so I wouldn’t recommend using it from the start when you put on the sensor. Glimp gives a message that the NFC on my phone can damage the sensor and there have been reports of people frying their sensors using it. I tried it once the reader would no longer work, I figured I didn’t have anything to lose at that point, and was able to get 4 more days from the sensor. After that, the Glimp act also reported that the sensor had expired.
Overall I’m loving this, especially at $40 for 3. I still do occasional fingersticks because I’ve been doing them for so long that my brain won’t let me quit, but it’s great to not have to do so many.