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Exciting news was recently announced for Freestyle Libre continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) users. Freestyle Libre does not integrate with insulin pumps currently, but that doesn’t appear to be the case for much longer. Abbott, the manufacturer of Freestyle Libre, shared that they are working with Omnipod and Tandem t:slim to create compatible insulin pump integrations that will be released in the very near future after receiving FDA clearance.
Currently, only Dexcom G6 and Medtronic Guardian are the only CGMs that are integrated with insulin pumps. The expansion of Freestyle Libre’s technology will provide more options for people with diabetes, particularly for those who may not have insurance coverage for the other CGM-integrated systems. Continue reading for more details about what to expect with the future Freestyle Libre integration.
What is an automated insulin delivery system?
AID systems help people manage daily diabetes care by automatically adjusting and administering the insulin delivered by an insulin pump based on real-time glucose data obtained from the CGM device. At present, Decom G6 and Medtronic Guardian are the only available CGMs on the market that offer this integration which will change in the near future once the FreeStyle Libre 2 or FreeStyle Libre 3 sensors are modified to enable this integration.
What insulin pumps are compatible with Freestyle Libre 2 and Freestyle Libre 3?
Currently FreeStyle Libre 2 and FreeStyle Libre 3 sensors available today in the U.S. are approved for people four years and older and have a wear time of up to 14 days.
Abbott is working with leading insulin pump manufacturers to integrate their systems with the FreeStyle Libre 2 and FreeStyle Libre 3 sensors as soon as possible. The company is partnering with the manufacturers of Omnipod and Tandem t:slim for future integrations in multiple countries, including the U.S. Outside the U.S., Abbott's FreeStyle Libre 3 sensor is already authorized to work with the mylife™ Loop solution from Ypsomed and CamDiab in Germany, with additional launches in the UK, Switzerland and the Netherlands planned for the first half of this year.
When will Freestyle libre 2 and Freestyle libre 3 be available for automated insulin delivery?
The modified FreeStyle Libre 2 and FreeStyle Libre 3 sensors are planned to be available in the U.S. in late 2023. Over time, the modified sensors will replace the current FreeStyle Libre 2 and FreeStyle Libre 3 sensors that are currently available today in the U.S.
Is Freestyle libre 2 and Freestyle libre 3 compatible with any other devices?
Freestyle Libre 2 is currently compatible with Bigfoot Unity, a smart insulin pen cap that incorporates CGM technology for people with diabetes who use multiple daily injections. This system will display dosing recommendations based on healthcare provider instructions and glucose readings from the CGM sensor on the connected smart cap directly on your insulin pen.
What is the difference between Freestyle libre 2 and 3?
The Freestyle Libre 3 is smaller, easier to attach, and has improved accuracy in comparison to the Freestyle Libre 2 and 14-day systems. Learn more about how the Freestyle Libre 3 works and how to compare it to the Dexcom G7 here.