The FreeStyle Libre system

Who is the FreeStyle Libre system for?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Abbott is working with governments across Canada to secure public coverage for the FreeStyle Libre system. Public coverage is currently available for the FreeStyle Libre system in Ontario, Quebec§ and Yukon for eligible patients.  

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

What is the default Target Glucose Range for the FreeStyle Libre system?

The Target Glucose Range is pre-set to 5.6-7.8 mmol/L. Patients can adjust their Target Glucose Range via the Settings menu.

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

Follow these guidelines when travelling:

  • Notify security personnel of the presence of the device when going through security systems
  • Do not scan your sensor or power on the reader using the Home Button while flying, if restricted by flight regulations. You may insert a strip to perform a blood glucose or ketone test

Check with the airline prior to departure as rules and regulations may change without notice.

How does my patient’s caregiver receive glucose data?

The FreeStyle LibreLink 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 LibreLink app.Every FreeStyle LibreLink  scan is automatically†† sent to their smartphone, and up to 20 people can view results from a single FreeStyle LibreLink account.

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

For any additional information, please refer to the FreeStyle Libre 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 sensor communicates with the FreeStyle Libre 2 app that started it. 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 meter 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.

‡ For people managing diabetes with insulin.

§ For residents of Quebec, the following two criteria must be met: intensive insulin therapy (insulin pump treatment or ≥3 insulin injections per day), and frequent hypoglycemic events during the last year.

¶ For people over 18 years of age with type 1 diabetes.

** 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 FreeStyle Libre 2 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.

†† Automatic upload requires a wireless internet connection or mobile data connection.

 

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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.