Total costs of diabetes care are high

Estimated direct medical costs for diabetes are $237 billion.5 Severe hypoglycemia is a significant driver of diabetes management costs.6-10,||,¶

Hypoglycemia: a major limiting factor in the management of diabetes11

Many patients require intensive insulin therapy to achieve optimal control, putting these patients at high risk for hypoglycemia and severe hypoglycemia.11,¶

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Improved clinical outcomes3,4,§

Reduced resource utilization1,2,§,II

Increased patient engagement3,4,12,§

Enhanced accessibility**

Increased patient engagement3,4,12,†,§

  • On average, FreeStyle Libre Portfolio users scanned 12 times per day12,§

  • Scanning frequency exceeded the 6-10 glucose tests per day recommended by the ADA13,# 

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Market leaders in CGM 

  • Over 3 million users worldwide14

  • The FreeStyle Libre Portfolio: #1 CGMs in the U.S.**

FreeStyle Libre 14 day CGM system available for prescription with sensor, reader, and smartphone app as the best CGM technology in the U.S.

Improved clinical outcomes

0.55% overall mean change in HbA1c15,§

(at 2-4 months; 95% CI, −0.70% to −0.39%)

41% reduction in number of hypoglycemic events for T1DM3,§

(<55 mg/dL; −0.38/24-h day; P<0.0001)

44% reduction in number of hypoglycemic events for T2DM4,§

(<55 mg/dL; −0.12/24-h day; P=0.0017)

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  • Accessibility to the FreeStyle Libre Portfolio is enhanced through pharmacy coverage

  • Priced 70% below the list price of other CGM systems††

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Please contact us for more information.

Medicare coverage is available for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system if a compatible smartphone is used in conjunction with the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader to review glucose data. Medicare and other third party payor criteria apply.

As a courtesy to its customers, Abbott provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available, but it is subject to change and interpretation. The customer's providers are ultimately responsible for determining the appropriate codes, coverage, and payment policies for individual patients. Abbott does not guarantee third party coverage of payment for our products or reimburse customers for claims that are denied by third party payors.

* The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our website for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of the FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView.
† The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations..
‡ Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet unobstructed of the reading device. You must enable the appropriate settings on your smartphone to receive alarms and alerts, see the FreeStyle Libre 2 User’s Manual for more information.
§ Data from this study was collected with the outside US version of the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. FreeStyle Libre 2 system has the same features as FreeStyle Libre 14 day system with optional real-time glucose alarms. Therefore, the study data is applicable to both products.
|| Includes ambulance visits, ED visits, and hospitalizations (29.3% rate of ambulance attendance per severe hypoglycemic event8; $214.47 per ambulance attendance, updated to $232 per medical care CPI9; 17% rate of ED visit per severe hypoglycemic event10; $1387 per ED visit and $17564 per hospitalization, updated to $1645 and $20840 per medical care CPI, respectively.11)
¶ Severe hypoglycemic events are defined by events requiring external third-party assistance, or leading to coma or convulsion.
# 2020 ADA recommendation for patients self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) on multiple-dose insulin or insulin pump therapy.
** Data based on the number of patients assigned to each manufacturer based on last filled prescription in US Retail Pharmacy and DME.
†† Based on a comparison of list prices of the FreeStyle Libre 2 system versus competitors' CGM systems, assuming annual use of one receiver (or equivalent hardware) and quantity of transmitters and/or sensors according to use life.
ǂǂ For FreeStyle Libre 14 day system: Fingersticks are required if your glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol during the first 12 hours.
§§ For FreeStyle Libre 2 system: Fingersticks are required if your glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol during the first 12 hours.

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