Using the FreeStyle Libre 2 system

Who is the FreeStyle Libre 2 system for?

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system is indicated for people aged 4 and older living with diabetes. It includes real-time, optional glucose alarms for those who want or need them, including those with type 2 diabetes. 

What are the differences between the FreeStyle Libre system and the FreeStyle Libre 2 system?

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system has all of the FreeStyle Libre system’s features, with the addition of optional, real-time glucose alarms. There are three optional, real-time glucose alarms that are available through the FreeStyle Libre 2 phone app.* There is a Low Glucose Alarm, High Glucose Alarm and Signal Loss Alarm. 

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system is indicated for pediatric use in children aged 4 and up.  

How much does the FreeStyle Libre 2 system cost?

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system is priced the same as the FreeStyle Libre system. 

Is the FreeStyle Libre portfolio covered under any other provincial programs?

Public coverage is currently available for the FreeStyle Libre system in Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon§ for eligible patients.

Public coverage is currently available for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system in Saskatchewan¶ for eligible patients, with public coverage also available in Ontario effective November 30th, 2021. Abbott is in the process of seeking public and further private reimbursement for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system across Canada.

 

Will the FreeStyle Libre 2 system be covered by my insurance company?

Most private health insurance companies cover the FreeStyle Libre system. If you have private insurance, please speak to your plan administrator to find out how you may be covered.

If you have tried to fill your prescription at a pharmacy or spoken with your insurer and/or plan administrator and are still having difficulty determining if the FreeStyle Libre system is covered or why you are not covered, please click here to register to receive more information regarding your coverage.  

Is the FreeStyle Libre 2 system compatible with FreeStyle Libre sensors, readers and the FreeStyle LibreLink app?

No, FreeStyle Libre 2 system sensors and the FreeStyle Libre 2 app* are NOT compatible with FreeStyle Libre system sensors, reader or the FreeStyle LibreLink app.** It is critical that you use the matching sensors and app to ensure product functionality. The new FreeStyle Libre 2 app* is available through the App Store or Google Play. 

Will there be a new app for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system?

Yes, the FreeStyle Libre 2 system has a brand-new app.* The FreeStyle Libre 2 digital ecosystem allows people with diabetes to connect remotely with their healthcare providers. The FreeStyle Libre 2 app* lets users easily share their glucose data with their healthcare providers†† and caregivers.‡‡ The new FreeStyle Libre 2 app* is available through the App Store or Google Play. 

How do Low and High Glucose Alarms work?

When in range, the FreeStyle Libre 2 system automatically communicates to give you Low and High Glucose Alarms if they are turned on. The Low Glucose Alarm notifies you if your glucose drops below the level you set. The High Glucose Alarm notifies you if your glucose rises above the level you set. The alarms do not include your glucose reading, so you need to scan your sensor to check your glucose reading.

How do I start my FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor with the FreeStyle Libre 2 app?*

To start a FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor with the FreeStyle Libre 2 app,* Bluetooth should be turned on. To receive alarms on your phone, your FreeStyle Libre 2 app* must be open or running in the background, phone and sensor connected by Bluetooth, and phone Notifications enabled. 

Does the FreeStyle Libre 2 system have the same accuracy as the original FreeStyle Libre system?

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system offers improved accuracy and no confirmatory finger pricks required for treatment decisions, even when glucose is low, falling or rapidly changing.§§   

Does the FreeStyle Libre 2 system communicate with an insulin pump?

No, the FreeStyle Libre 2 system does not currently communicate with an insulin pump. However, as with any new technology, Abbott is researching a wide variety of potential applications.  

Ontario public coverage

Who is eligible to receive public coverage in Ontario for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system?

As of November 30, 2021, the FreeStyle Libre 2 system is reimbursed by the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program for qualifying Ontario residents who manage their diabetes with insulin.  

What is covered by the Ontario Drug Benefit plan?

The coverage will include the FreeStyle Libre 2 system sensors.

How do I know if I qualify for public reimbursement of the FreeStyle Libre 2 system under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program?

If you qualify for ODB and you manage your diabetes with insulin, you are eligible for public reimbursement of the FreeStyle Libre 2 system. Please speak with your healthcare professional (including your pharmacist) to determine if the FreeStyle Libre 2 system is right for you.  

How do I know if I qualify for the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program?

More information about who is covered by the ODB program is available on the Ontario Drug Benefit website.

Saskatchewan public coverage

Who is eligible to receive public coverage in Saskatchewan for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system?

As of June 1, 2021, the FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is covered under the Saskatchewan government-sponsored drug plan for those between the ages of 4 and 17 who manage their diabetes with insulin or have hyperinsulinism.  

What is covered by the Saskatchewan government-sponsored drug plan?

The coverage will include both the FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system sensors and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader.

When does coverage under the Saskatchewan government-sponsored drug plan begin?

As of June 1, 2021, the FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is covered under the Saskatchewan government-sponsored drug plan for those between the ages of 4 and 17 who manage their diabetes with insulin or have hyperinsulinism.  

Where can I get more information about public reimbursement for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system in Saskatchewan?

Please visit the Saskatchewan Drug Plan website or MyFreeStyle.ca for more information.

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* The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features. Finger pricks are required if readings do not match symptoms or expectations. The FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor communicates with the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader that started it or the FreeStyle Libre 2 app that started it. The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check the compatibility guide PDF (1.5 MB)  for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of FreeStyle Libre 2 requires registration with LibreView.

† For people managing diabetes with insulin.

‡ For residents of Quebec, the following two criteria must be met: intensive insulin therapy (insulin pump treatment or ≥3 insulin injections per day), and frequent hypoglycemic events during the last year.

§ For people over 18 years of age with type 1 diabetes.

¶ The FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is covered under the Saskatchewan government-sponsored drug plan for those between the ages of 4 and 17 who manage their diabetes with insulin or have hyperinsulinism.

** The FreeStyle LibreLink app and the FreeStyle Libre reader have similar but not identical features. 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 hypoglycemia or impending hypoglycemia is reported by the FreeStyle LibreLink app or when symptoms do not match the app readings. The FreeStyle Libre sensor communicates with the FreeStyle Libre reader that started it or the FreeStyle LibreLink app that started it. A sensor started by the FreeStyle Libre reader will also communicate with the FreeStyle LibreLink app. The FreeStyle LibreLink app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check the website for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of FreeStyle LibreLink requires registration with LibreView.

†† The LibreView website is only compatible with certain operating systems and browsers. Please check www.libreview.com or additional information.

‡‡ The LibreLinkUp app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check www.librelinkup.com for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of LibreLinkUp and FreeStyle Libre 2 requires registration with LibreView. The LibreLinkUp mobile app is not intended to be a primary glucose monitor: home users must consult their primary device(s) and consult a healthcare professional before making any medical interpretation and therapy adjustments from the information provided by the app.

§§ Finger pricks are required if readings do not match symptoms or expectations.

 

Reference: 

  1. Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care.

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