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What is the Freestyle Libre 2 Plus?

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In this blog we're explaining what the Plus means for FreeStyle Libre 2 Plus and how it compares. Note, this product is being rolled out from June 2024 in the UK.

Overview

 In brief, the Libre 2 Plus sensor has these features:
  • 15 day sensor wear
  • Website price same as Libre 2 when compare to daily price of £3.45 per day (UK pricing)
  • Approved for PWD aged 2 years and older
  • Reduced likelihood of interference for settings making it more reliable with less signal loss
  • Improved accuracy at the low glucose range
  • MARD 8.2%
  • Uses same App in UK as Libre 2
  • No calibration
  • 1 hour warm-up

How does this compare to the FreeStyle Libre 2?

It's the same size and same application process. It also uses the same Libre 2 app and whilst extending the time of wear to 15 days (meaning that you change the sensor less frequently) there are no changes to many of the key features that come with a Libre 2 sensor, some of which are quite frustrating to wearers of this medtech.

There is no means to calibrate the sensor and this looks unlikely to change as a spokesperson for Abbott has previously commented that the device is deliberately factory calibrated to keep things simple.

There's also no change with the warm-up time which still means there's a 1 hour period when wearers can't see their glucose levels. This contrasts with the Dexcom 7 which has just a 30 minute warm-up and the a more flexible option for changing a sensor with a 12 hour grace period.

Pump integration

Tandem pumps

If using the Tandem pump, you use the Tandem app so not seeing data on Libre app and data is not captured and available in Libre Linkup App. It’s understood that Libre/Tandem are working to enable followers to get access to data once it’s in Tandem’s cloud so that it then can be seen in LibreView and followers can get the information, but it’s not possible currently. 

Omnipod 5 integration

Freestyle Libre recently announced that the Libre 2 Plus sensor is compatible with Omnipod 5 for use as a hybrid closed loop, however, users have raised several issues with this.

It's known that there will initially be some issues with the integration of Libre 2 Plus at launch…readings will only be available on an Omnipod PDM (Personal Device Monitor ie. separate reader/dummy phone. Glucose levels will NOT be available on a smartphone or updated to LibreView including to followers using LibreLinkUp.

FreeStyle Libre CGM Comparison

FreeStyle Libre 2

FreeStyle Libre 2 Plus

FreeStyle Libre 3

Real-time CGM

Yes – updates every minute

Yes – yes updates every minute

Yes – updates every minute

MARD

9.2%

8.2%

7.8%

Published accuracy data

Yes

(T1 n=133)

No

(T1=128)

Yes

(T1 n=83)

Stand-alone use

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pump/hybrid closed loop (HCL) compatibility

No

Omnipod 5 & Tandem

YpsoPump

Sensor wear time

14 days

15 days

14 days

Sensor warm up time

60 mins

60 mins

60 mins

Separate transmitter

No

No

No

Smartphone app

LibreLink

LibreLink

Libre 3

Reader available

Yes

Yes

Yes (different to Libre 2 reader)

Calibration

No

No

No

High & low alarms

Yes

Yes

Yes

Predictive alarms

No

No – stand-alone use

No - stand-alone use Yes - HCL use

Smart pen data connection

NovoPen 6 & Echo Plus

NovoPen 6 & Echo Plus

No

Data share HCP

LibreView

LibreView

LibreView

Data share friends/family app

LibreLinkUp

LibreLinkUp – not when using as HCL

LibreLinkUp

UK approved wearable site

Back of upper arm

Back of upper arm

Back of upper arm

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Love My Libre is not associated or affiliated with Abbott or FreeStyle Libre. Content here and on our website www.lovemylibre.com does not constitute medical advice or replace the relationship between you and healthcare professionals nor the advice you receive from them.

The author of this blog has type 1 diabetes and uses the FreeStyle Libre 2 which is provided on NHS prescription.

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