LIBRE 3 GETS US CLEARANCE
Abbott today (31 May 2022) announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared its next-generation FreeStyle Libre 3 system.
FreeStyle Libre 3 System Features:
Greatest accuracy – with a 7.9% overall mean absolute relative difference (MARD), the FreeStyle Libre 3 system is the most accurate 14-day continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with readings sent directly to a smartphone every minute. It's the first CGM to demonstrate a sub-8% MARD – which is the standard way to measure continuous glucose accuracy – the lower percentage, the better.
Smallest and thinnest – at the size of two stacked U.S. pennies (worn inconspicuously on the back of one's upper arm), it's the smallest and thinnest CGM sensor in the world.
Even easier to use – with a one-piece applicator the sensor is uncomplicated to apply.
Strongest Bluetooth®integrationwith a range of up to 33 feet – 50% further range than other CGMs.
Abbott confirmed that the price of the FreeStyle Libre 3 system in the US will be the same as previous versions and will be available later this year.
Let's hope this bodes well for the UK market, where it is currently only available on a limited basis via hospital diabetes teams.
Press release here: https://abbott.mediaroom.com/2022-05-31-Abbotts-FreeStyle-Libre-R-3-Receives-U-S-FDA-Clearance-Features-Worlds-Smallest,-Thinnest-and-Most-Accurate-14-Day-Glucose-Sensor
Dexcom's Chief Technology Office, Jake Leach, recently confirmed the expansion of their portfolio for diabetes management, as below.
The Officer also confirmed that Dexcom will release G7 first in the U.K. and thenl expand across Europe throughout 2022. They plan to replace the G6 system in all the markets it’s in with G7.
Dexcom are hopeful of lauching the G7 in the US in 2022, but await FDA approval and do not yet have a date.
It was also revealed that Dexcom are considering rolling out the One system to some markets where they will target 'non-diabetics' too.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2022
9-15 May is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and there are lots of events on the topic of dealing with loneliness. The annual event has been going for 21 years and is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. You may see green ribbons supporting the initiative.
There's more here: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health
Also, a reminder that we have listed some resources that support those struggling with their mental health, whether it's diabetes related or not. See our WELLBEING INFO page.
A COMPLETE LAB ON THE SKIN
9th May 2022
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a prototype of a wearable that can continuously monitor several health stats together in real-time; glucose, alcohol, and lactate levels.
See more here: https://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/release/3449
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