Compare CGM systems and see the difference

How do FreeStyle Libre systems (CGM) compare to the competition?

  • More affordable*†1

  • Comfortable to wear,‡2,3 and less bulky4,5 than other CGM sensors§1

  • Provides a reading every minute6

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CGM = continuous glucose monitoring

 

FreeStyle Libre systems (CGM) vs Dexcom

 
FreeStyle Libre 2 Logo
FreeStyle Libre 14 Day Logo

Dexcom G6 system

logo-alarmAlarms/Alerts

Most are optionalII4

None

Most are optional7

application-iconApplication

Easiest sensor to apply§ (no in-person patient training required)1

Easiest sensor to apply§ (no in-person
patient training required)1

Requires more steps than the FreeStyle Libre systems (CGM)4,5,7

logo-costCost

More affordable*1

More affordable†1

Less affordable*†1

logo-glucoseGlucose reading frequency

1 minute6

1 minute6

5 minutes7

App-iconApp

FreeStyle Libre 2 app

FreeStyle LibreLink app#**

Dexcom G6 CGM app

logo-sensor-lifespanSensor lifespan

14 days4

14 days5

10 days7

logo-sensor-memorySensor memory storage

8 hours4

8 hours5

N/A7

logo-sensor-warm-upSensor warm-up time

1 hour4

1 hour5

2 hours7

logo-calibrationCalibration

Not required4

Not required5

Required if sensor code is not entered7

 

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Medicare coverage is available for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system if a compatible smartphone is used in conjunction with the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader to review glucose data. Medicare and other third party payor criteria apply.

As a courtesy, Abbott provides the most up-to-date information available, but it is subject to change and interpretation. The customer is ultimately responsible for determining the appropriate codes, coverage, and payment policies for individual patients. Abbott does not guarantee third party coverage or payment for our products or reimburse customers for claims that are denied by third party payors.

* Based on a comparison of list prices of the FreeStyle Libre 2 system versus competitors’ CGM systems. The actual cost to patients may or may not be lower than other CGM systems, depending on the amount covered by insurance, if any.

† Based on a comparison of list prices of the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system versus competitors’ CGM systems. The actual cost to patients may or may not be lower than other CGM systems, depending on the amount covered by insurance, if any. 

‡ Data from this study was collected with the outside US version of Freestyle Libre 14 day system. Freestyle Libre 2 has the same features as Freestyle Libre 14 day system with optional, real-time glucose alarms. Therefore, the study data is applicable to both products.

§ Based on a comparison to Dexcom G6.

II Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet unobstructed of the reading device. You must enable the appropriate settings on your smartphone to receive alarms and alerts, see the FreeStyle Libre 2 User’s Manual for more information.

¶ The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our compatibility guide for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of the FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView.

# The FreeStyle LibreLink app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our compatibility guide for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of the FreeStyle LibreLink app requires registration with LibreView.

** Medicare coverage is available for FreeStyle Libre 14 day systems for cell phone use if FreeStyle LibreLink is used in conjunction with the FreeStyle Libre 14 day readers. Patients must meet Medicare eligibility coverage criteria LCD L33822 (July 2021). Local Coverage Article: Glucose Monitor Policy Article (A52464), July 2021.

†† or ♢ Eligible patients will receive one (1) FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor for users with a compatible mobile phone operating system at $0 copay. The expiration date of the voucher is 60 days from the issue date. This program is available for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; it is not available for patients with gestational diabetes. Only patients ages 18 and older are eligible to sign up and receive an offer for the FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor and patients ages 4-17 are eligible to receive an offer for the FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor through their parent or guardian. This offer is void where prohibited by law. Abbott may modify or rescind this offer at any time without notice. The discounts are not available to beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid or other federal or state healthcare programs or residents of Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and other US territories. The free FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor is provided as a sample and is limited to one NDC per eligible person. The FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor cannot be re-sold, traded nor submitted to any third-party payer for reimbursement and is not provided as any inducement for future purchases. The free sample card is not health insurance.

References: 1.
 Data on File. Abbott Diabetes Care. 2. 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 Multicentre, Open-label Randomised Controlled Trial." Diabetes Therapy 8, no. 1 (February 2017): 55-73. https://doi.org/ 10.1007/s13300-016-0223-6. 3. Campbell, Fiona M., et al. "Outcomes of Using Flash Glucose Monitoring technology by Children and young people with Type 1 Diabetes in a Single Arm Study." Pediatric Diabetes 19, no. 7 (November 2018): 1294-1301. Supplemental data accessed Dec 2020 from: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/action/downloadSupplement?doi=10.1111%2Fpedi.12735&file=pedi12735-sup-0001-AppendixS1.doc. 4. FreeStyle Libre 2 User’s Manual.
5. FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual. 6. Alva, Shridhara. "FreeStyle Libre 2 - A New iCGM Device." (2020). Accessed Dec 2020 from: https://www.danatech.org/media/okfhq1gu/adc-23842v3-revised-august-3-2020.pdf. 7. Dexcom G6 CGM User Guide.

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Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre 14 day system: Failure to use FreeStyle Libre 14 day system as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If readings do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or FreeStyleLibre.us for safety info.

FreeStyle Libre 2 and FreeStyle Libre 3 systems: Failure to use FreeStyle Libre 2 or FreeStyle Libre 3 systems as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or FreeStyleLibre.us for safety info.

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