Abbott's FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System
Abbott's FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System allows patients to measure their blood glucose levels without fingerpricks or test strips. The system consists of a small sensor that is worn on the back of the arm for as long as 14 days and a reader.
The sensor has what the company describes as a "small filament" that is inserted into the arm and measures blood glucose levels in the interstitial fluid. A reader is passed over the sensor to give the patient a real-time glucose reading in less than a second.
The Libre Flash received CE Mark in September 2014 and on a recent earnings call, executives described it as "a real winner of a product," noting that the company does not yet have enough capacity to keep up with demand.
Abbott has filed a regulatory submission with FDA for approval of a professional version, Libre Pro, for use in the United States.
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