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FreeStyle Libre - Overview
The FreeStyle Libre sensor system is an innovative glucose monitoring system that helps reduce the need for frequent fingerstick measurements in people with diabetes. People who need a prescription for the FreeStyle Libre system can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe the FreeStyle Libre sensor system when appropriate and indicated to do so.
How Does Freestyle Libre Work?
Like the Dexcom CGM system, the FreeStyle Libre system allows patients to get glucose readings without needing fingerstick calibration as frequently. Using a special wired enzyme technology to stabilize sensor performance, the FreeStyle Libre is considered a personal continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system. One of the reported benefits is that the FreeStyle Libre system eliminates variables due to patient errors by delivering a factory calibrated system. The FreeStyle Libre does not utilize oxygen, reducing sensor degradation, and is designed to reduce electrical interference. Another benefit of the FreeStyle Libre system is that it is not affected by acetaminophen use. Despite being innovative, the FreeStyle Libre Pro sensor should not be used as a replacement for self-monitoring of blood glucose.
FreeStyle Libre - Cost and Coupon
The FreeStyle Libre system is not inexpensive, costing approximately $120 for two FreeStyle Libre 14 day flash glucose monitoring system sensors when paying out of pocket. Some insurance plans will cover some of the costs associated with a FreeStyle Libre prescription. When covered, the FreeStyle Libre 14 day reader will cost under $70 and eligible FreeStyle Libre 14 day sensor prescriptions will generally cost under $75 per month. For people paying out of pocket, FreeStyle Libre coupons can sometimes be found online or through the manufacturer. The FreeStyle Libre sensor is generally prescribed as 1 FreeStyle Libre 14 day reader and 2 FreeStyle Libre 14 day sensors which is typically usable for approximately 28 days but the final prescription depends on the judgement of the prescribing medical provider.
Can I Buy FreeStyle Libre Online?
The FreeStyle Libre system requires a prescription to be dispensed by a pharmacy in the United States. As a result, the FreeStyle Libre is not available OTC (over-the-counter) and one cannot just easily buy a Freestyle Libre sensor online. Instead, the first step is connecting with a licensed medical provider. Push Health can connect people who need a FreeStyle Libre prescription with licensed medical providers who can prescribe the system when appropriate and indicated to do so.
FreeStyle Libre - Precautions
Before using the FreeStyle Libre system, it is important to have a deep understanding of how it works and to consult with one's medical provider and pharmacist to understand possible side effects prior to using the system. The FreeStyle Libre system is water-resistant but should not be taken deeper than 1 meter. The FreeStyle Libre should not be kept underwater for more than 30 minutes. It is important to note that the FreeStyle Libre sensor can loosen during periods of heavy sweating such as intense exercise. It is also advised to use precaution when getting dressed so that the sensor does not get caught on loose clothing. Generally, the FreeStyle Libre sensor and system should be removed during diagnostic medical procedures and at airport security checkpoints. It is also necessary to contact one's medical provider if the FreeStyle Libre sensor becomes loose or is removed or there is discomfort at the sensor site.
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Last updated March 2, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.