In the Insurance thread I responded to a post about diabetic supplies with a question if readers had any experience with Continuous Glucose Monitoring.
I saw my Dr. last week and he suggested I try the '2nd Generation' Abbott FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System. He gave me a two page (French, German) brochure that had minimal information and a phone number (041) 768 43 43. More info here
(in English/DE/FR). It can be ordered over the phone without prescription. Not available for on-line ordering (think this because they are trying to restrict sales to CH. System is not (yet) available everywhere including US/CA.
The System is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in people (age 4 and older) with diabetes. It does NOT measure blood sugar levels it's the interstitial fluid! Apparently they can be a 10-15 minute,lag between the two.
The starter pack costs CHF185.25 and containers a reader and two sensors. Additional sensors cost CHF65.30 each and they work for 14 days. 6.50 postage on all orders. For me this will be slightly cheaper than the Bayer Contour Test Strips. Using six a day costs approx CHF75, plus the cost of lancets.
Sensors have a use before date of 5 1/2 months (28 Feb 17) so this isn't something you'll want to have a big stock of.
I found the sensors for sale on Amazon.co.uk (for £110 each!), but not Amazon.fr, .de or .it. With short use before period I'd think twice before ordering from third parties even if they were a lot cheaper, which they are not.
The insurance companies haven't decided if they will cover the costs of the reader/sensors. My Dr. Says that they 'should' as the cost is no more but ... (I'll follow up on this as/when).
Reader works in DE/FR/IT. Does not appear possible to change to English. You could order one in the UK (for £58) but think they will send it only to UK address.
Applying sensor is dead easy. Took less than a minute. When adding a new sensor it would give readings for 60 minutes (calibration?) but after that you can get a reading as often as you want. Just press the reader's on button and hold the reader within a few cms of the sensor, wait for the beep and that's it.
I've only been using mine for a few hours, and have been cross checking with finger pricks. The FSL is reading a little lower than FPs, which may be due to the lag, or it could be my Bayer Contour reader is getting old!
If this is of interest to any of you I'll post updates on how I'm getting on.