The FreeStyle Libre 2 system 

Who is the FreeStyle Libre 2 system for?

The FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in people aged 4 and older with diabetes mellitus.

It includes real-time, optional glucose alarms, for those who want or need them, including those with Type 2 diabetes.

Patients should remove the sensor prior to MRI, CT scan, X-ray or diathermy treatment.

What are the differences between the FreeStyle Libre 2 system and the FreeStyle Libre system?

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system has all of the FreeStyle Libre system’s features, with the addition of three optional, real-time glucose alarms that are available through the FreeStyle Libre 2 app.* There is a Low Glucose Alarm, High Glucose Alarm and Signal Loss alarm.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in people aged 4 years and older with diabetes mellitus.

Learn more about the FreeStyle Libre system.

How much does the FreeStyle Libre 2 system cost?

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system is priced the same as the FreeStyle Libre system.

Is the FreeStyle Libre 2 system covered by public or private insurance?

Abbott is working with governments across Canada to secure public coverage for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is currently covered under the Saskatchewan government-sponsored drug plan for those between the ages of 4 and 17 who manage their diabetes with insulin or have hyperinsulinism. Please visit the Saskatchewan Drug Plan website for more information.

Most private health insurance companies cover the FreeStyle Libre 2 system. Encourage your patients to ask their private insurance provider if the FreeStyle Libre 2 system is covered for them.

Is the FreeStyle Libre 2 system compatible with FreeStyle Libre sensors, readers and the FreeStyle LibreLink app?

No, FreeStyle Libre 2 system sensors and the FreeStyle Libre 2 app* are NOT compatible with FreeStyle Libre system sensors, readers or the FreeStyle LibreLink app. It is critical that patients use the matching sensors and app to ensure product functionality. The new FreeStyle Libre 2 app* is available through the App Store or Google Play.

Is the FreeStyle Libre 2 system more accurate than the FreeStyle Libre system?

The FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is the next generation flash glucose monitoring system, with enhanced accuracy1,2 and no confirmatory finger pricks required for treatment decisions, even when glucose is low, falling or rapidly changing.

What is the default target glucose range for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system?

The Target Glucose Range is pre-set to 3.9-10 mmol/L. Patients can adjust their Target Glucose Range via the Settings menu.

How does my patient’s caregiver receive alarm notifications?

The new FreeStyle Libre 2 app* lets users easily share their glucose data with their caregivers using the LibreLinkUp app.§

When caregivers use the LibreLinkUp app,§ they will get glucose readings sent to their phone from their loved one using the FreeStyle Libre 2 app.* Every FreeStyle Libre 2 app* scan is automatically sent to their smartphone, and up to 20 people can view results from a single FreeStyle Libre 2 app* account. With the LibreLinkUp app,§ caregivers will receive alerts the minute their loved one’s glucose levels are too high or too low – so they can take action.

For more information and support, encourage patient to visit LibreLinkUp.com.

Can a user switch off the alarm sound and use vibration mode only?

When you first start using the FreeStyle Libre 2 system, the alarm is on by default. The user can turn the alarm sound off and use the alarms in vibration mode only. While in vibration mode, the user will receive a Low Glucose Alarm, High Glucose Alarm or Signal Loss Alarm by vibration.

What is the range for the alarms?

The transmission range is 6 metres (20 feet), unobstructed.  If you are out of range, you may not receive glucose alarms.

Do not force close the FreeStyle Libre 2 app.*

Can patients go through airport security or travel by air while wearing their FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor?

Patients may use their FreeStyle Libre 2 system while on an aircraft, so long as they follow any directions from the flight crew.

  • Some airport full-body scanners include x-ray or millimetre radio-wave, which the sensor cannot be exposed to. The effect of these scanners has not been evaluated and the exposure may damage the sensor or cause inaccurate results. To avoid removing the sensor, patients may request another type of screening. The sensor must be removed to go through a full-body scanner.
  • The sensor can be exposed to common electrostatic (ESD) and electromagnetic interference (EMF), including airport metal detectors.

For any additional information, please refer to the FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system User Manual.

Want to get in touch?

Contact Abbott for more information or to find out how your practice can support patients using the FreeStyle Libre family of products.

* The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check this website for more information about device compatibility before using the app.

† The FreeStyle LibreLink app and the FreeStyle Libre reader have similar but not identical features. A finger prick test using a blood glucose metre is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycemia or impending hypoglycemia is reported by the FreeStyle LibreLink app or when symptoms do not match the app readings. The FreeStyle Libre sensor communicates with the FreeStyle Libre reader that started it or the FreeStyle LibreLink app that started it. A sensor started by the FreeStyle Libre reader will also communicate with the FreeStyle LibreLink app. The FreeStyle LibreLink app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check the website for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of FreeStyle LibreLink requires registration with LibreView.

‡ Finger pricks are required if your glucose readings and alarms do not match symptoms or expectations.

§ The LibreLinkUp app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check www.librelinkup.com for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of LibreLinkUp and the FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView. The LibreLinkUp mobile app is not intended to be a primary glucose monitor: home users must consult their primary device(s) and consult a healthcare professional before making any medical interpretation and therapy adjustments from the information provided by the app.

¶ Use of the FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView. Automatic upload requires a wireless internet connection or mobile data connection.

 

References:

  1. Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care.
  2. FreeStyle Libre 2 User’s Manual.

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The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in adults aged 18 years and older with diabetes mellitus. Always read and follow the label/insert. 

The FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in people aged 4 years and older with diabetes mellitus. Always read and follow the label/insert.