Abbott has announced that the FreeStyle® Libre System, the company's revolutionary new continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, is now available to Medicare patients, having met the codes for therapeutic CGM systems used for coverage by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Coverage includes all Medicare patients with diabetes who use insulin and who meet the eligibility criteria.
The factory-calibrated FreeStyle Libre system is the only CGM system recognized by Medicare that requires no user calibration whatsoever (either by fingerstick or manual data entry). The system also does not require the need for routine fingersticks. The high accuracy of the FreeStyle Libre system allows for patients to dose insulin based on the results1.
"At Abbott, we are continuously challenging ourselves to ensure our innovative technology is accessible to the majority of people who need it," said Jared Watkin, senior vice president, Diabetes Care, Abbott. "CMS's recognition of this revolutionary health technology, which removes the need for any user calibration, is ultimately going to empower Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes to live better, healthier lives."
Designed to be approachable, accessible and affordable for the 30 million people with diabetes in the United States, the FreeStyle Libre system reads glucose levels through a sensor that is worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 10 days, making it the longest lasting personal glucose sensor available in the U.S.
FREESTYLE LIBRE AND OTHER CGM TECHNOLOGY
Key differences between the FreeStyle Libre system and other CGM technology include:
Last year, CMS announced coverage for therapeutic CGM for certain beneficiaries who have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and intensively manage their insulin. To be included in this category, the device must be approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in place of a blood glucose monitor (BGM), enabling patients to make treatment decisions based on the information provided. With the recent approval by the FDA, the FreeStyle Libre system can be used as a replacement for BGM.
HOW THE FREESTYLE LIBRE SYSTEM WORKS
With the FreeStyle Libre system, people with diabetes can:
WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE FREESTYLE LIBRE SYSTEM
Medicare patients can access the FreeStyle Libre system by prescription through Edgepark Medical Supplies, Byram Healthcare, Solara Medical Supplies, Edwards Health Care Services, Better Living Now and Mini Pharmacy in the U.S.
For non-Medicare patients, the FreeStyle Libre system is also available at five major retail pharmacies in the country (CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, Walmart and Kroger).
The FreeStyle Libre system is now being used by more than 400,000 people across more than 40 countries. Abbott has secured partial or full reimbursement for the FreeStyle Libre system in 21 countries, including France, Japan, the United Kingdom and now the U.S.
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