MUMBAI, November 2, 2020 — Abbott, the global healthcare leader, announced today that the FreeStyle® Libre system, the world’s leading2 continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology, is now available for adults and children (above the age of four) living with diabetes in India and women with gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), offering them the choice to check glucose levels anytime and anywhere, ultimately improving glucose control3.
The FreeStyle Libre sensor measures glucose every minute in interstitial fluid through a small (5.5mm long) filament that is inserted just under the skin and held in place with a small adhesive pad. A quick scan of the sensor with a reader provides a real-time glucose reading on demand and a complete picture of a person's glucose levels, without the need of painful, routine fingersticks or daily calibration, enabling meaningful lifestyle and therapy interventions.
FreeStyle Libre is designed for users to be able to check their glucose readings much more simply and frequently, and data show that higher scanning frequency of the technology has been shown to significantly improve time in optimal glucose range.
“Abbott’s revolutionary technology has changed the way millions of people manage diabetes globally and we are excited to bring this life changing technology to India,” said Kalyan Sattaru, general manager of the diabetes care business at Abbott. “People with diabetes are at the centre of Abbott’s innovation. We are happy to launch FreeStyle Libre in India that gives millions of Indians access to to high-quality, accurate and pain-free diabetes technology for continuous glucose monitoring. This helps people make more informed health decisions allowing them to live fuller lives.”
India has the second largest diabetes population in the world, estimated to cross 100 million in the next decade*. Healthcare providers are continuously upgrading guidelines of care and nutrition advice to ensure the condition is managed to avoid diabetes-related complications. Multiple international and national professional medical bodies have recommended CGM use for people with diabetes to target improved clinical outcomes including Indian professional bodies such as Diabetes India and The Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI).
RSSDI in its published recommendations4 in 2017 quotes that technology in diabetes management may be used in patients for better outcomes and to minimize complications. Evidence suggests that continuous glucose monitoring system can influence patients for diabetes self-care practices, which in turn results in glycemic control enhancement over a wide range of baseline therapies.
Dr Banshi Saboo, President, and lead member of the CGM panel at RSSDI said, “Monitoring glucose levels is a pre-requisite to ensure optimum glycaemic control. While glucometers are handy portable devices that help detect the single point-in-time capillary glucose, CGM devices provide complete visibility of the 24x7 glycaemic profile of the patient with diabetes up to 14 days. This technology helps fulfil an unmet need in diabetes helping patients make better choices in diet and exercise. In India, food has a social, cultural and emotional connect which leads to unrestricted diet despite doctor recommendations. While medication can help, people with diabetes must have a disciplined approach to managing the condition. In the current COVID environment, with reduced access to doctors and specialists, CGM empowers patients with actionable insights at hand that helps in remotely managing their glucose levels.”
Clinical trials and real-world data show that users of the FreeStyle Libre system have improved glucose control3, decreased time in hyperglycemia5 and hypoglycemia6 as well as reduced hospitalizations7, HbA1C8 levels (average glucose levels over three months), and improved quality of life. Greater time in range (TIR) has been linked to more stable glucose control, which could lead to fewer complications.
Blood glucose testing (24 hours)
Using SMBG (self-monitoring of blood glucose)
Actual glucose trend (24 hours)
Using CGM (continuous glucose monitoring)
A lower TIR9 has been found associated with increased risk of progression to retinopathy and nephropathy by 64% and 40% respectively. Another recently released study10 demonstrates association of lower TIR with increased cardiovascular risk. With glucose levels under control, patients with diabetes as well as their treating HCPs can deal with their existing and potential complications in diabetes better.
Since its introduction in 2014, the FreeStyle Libre portfolio has revolutionized the way diabetes is managed globally by more than 2.5 million users in more than 50 countries8.
FreeStyle Libre is available on:
Abbott Website - http://www.freestylelibre.co.in
1mg - https://www.1mg.com/freestylelibre
Amazon.in - https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08M1CMWZW
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1 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.
2 Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care. Data based on the number of users worldwide for the FreeStyle Libre portfolio compared to the number of users for other leading personal-use, sensor-based glucose monitoring systems.
3 Haak, Thomas, et al. Flash glucose-sensing technology as a replacement for blood glucose monitoring for the management of insulin-treated type 2 diabetes: a multicenter, open-label randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Therapy 8.1 (2017): 55-73r
4Bajaj, Sarita, RSSDI clinical practice recommendations for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus 2017, International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries (March 2018) 38 (Suppl 1):S1–S115 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13410-018-0604-7
5Acute diabetes complications defined by hypoglycemia, hypoglycemic coma, hyperglycemia, ketoacidosis, or hyperosmolarity ICD-10 codes as primary diagnosis for inpatient or as any position in the outpatient emergency claim; Matthew Kerr, Gregory Roberts, Diana Souto, Yelena Nabutovsky
6 Bolinder, Jan, et al. Novel glucose-sensing technology and hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes: a multicentre, non-masked, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet 388.10057 (2016): 2254-2263
7Fokkert M, van Dijk P,Edens M, et al. Improved wellbeing and decreased disease burden after 1-year use of flash glucose monitoring (FLARENL4). BMJ Open Diab Res Care 2019;7:e000809. doi:10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-000809
8Improving HbA1c control in people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes using flash glucose monitoring: a retrospective observational analysis in two German centers; Gerhard Klausmann, Ludger Rose, Alexander Seibold
9Roy W. Beck, Richard M. Bergenstal, et al. Validation of Time in Range as an Outcome Measure for Diabetes
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10Jingyi Lu, MD, PhD, Xiaojing Ma, MD, PhD, et al. Time in Range Is Associated with Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Type 2 Diabetes, DIABETES TECHNOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS, Volume 22, Number 2, 2020, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., DOI: 10.1089/dia.2019.0251
*Lancet, multiple publications & http://www.uniindia.com/tags/india-estimated-to-have-the-second-highest-number-of-diabetes-cases-in-the-world