Glucose data monitoring the painless way

Abbott’s has launched a new device that could eliminate routine finger pricks for Australians living with diabetes.

Abbott’s new FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System makes glucose monitoring more discreet and convenient1 by eliminating routine finger pricking through a sensor worn on the back of the arm and a reader that scans for a glucose profile.

Glucose data is displayed on the reader in an easy-to-read, visual chart known as the ambulatory glucose profile (AGP). In addition, no finger-prick calibration is needed – a key differentiator from existing continuous glucose-monitoring systems.

“FreeStyle Libre represents a significant advance in the field of glucose monitoring,” said Professor Stephen Twigg, Head of the Department of Endocrinology at RPA Hospital in Sydney and Kellion Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Sydney.

“This technology offers a highly convenient and quite painless way to acquire more frequent glucose readings. It enables detailed, actionable glucose profiles that will support people with diabetes across their day, and also encourages a more productive discussion between the patient and their healthcare professional.”

Key features include:

  • No finger-prick calibration.Disposable, water-resistant sensor can be worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days.
  • The sensor automatically measures and continuously stores2 glucose in the interstitial fluid every minute through a small filament (5mm long, 0.4mm wide) that is inserted just under the skin and held in place with an adhesive pad.
  • Glucose readings can be taken as many times a day as needed or desired, with a painless, one-second scan2,4.
  • The reader holds up to 90 days of data, displayed in a user-friendly visual snapshot of glucose levels over time.
  • The AGP report provides detailed, actionable glucose profiles that will help both healthcare professionals and their patients to better manage diabetes.

Insulin-using Australian adults living with diabetes are encouraged to speak to their healthcare professional to determine if the FreeStyle Libre system would be right for them.
Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System received approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration in February 2016 and is now available for purchase online at:

1 Sensor dimensions 35mm x 5mm and weight 5g.

2 For a complete glycemic picture, scan once every eight hours. The FreeStyle Libre software, designed to be used in conjunction with FreeStyle Libre reader and sensor, provides a snapshot of glucose patterns and variability. For more information, see the Software page.
3 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 hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the system or when symptoms do not match the system readings.
4 Scanning the sensor to obtain glucose values does not require lancets.