Your current FreeStyle Libre reader will not work with the new FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor.

Use the FreeStyle LibreLink app available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to scan your FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 readers will be available in South Africa towards the end of 2024.

Discovery Health Medical Scheme members should continue claiming FreeStyle Libre 2 sensors via CDE, M-KEM, Pharmacy Direct, and Medipost to avoid co-payments (depending on plan type).

If you claim from a pharmacy not listed above, the price of each sensor may be greater than the approved CGM benefit amount, and the amount billed by pharmacy would be for your own account.

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The FreeStyle Libre 2 system

Discover the #1 sensor-based glucose monitoring system used worldwide1 – now with real-time glucose readings sent right to your smartphone

 

wearing a FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor
wearing a FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor
wearing a FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor

96% of FreeStyle Libre users would recommend it to others2

Real-time

The sensor sends your glucose readings every minute to your smartphone◊,ǁ  so you can easily3 see how food, activity and medication impact your glucose levels.

No Fingersticks

Easy to useand comfortable3 to wear for up to 14 days.

Lowers your HbA1c

Proven to significantly lower your HbA1c.5,9

FreeStyle Libre 2 Sensor

The sensor sends real time glucose readings to your smartphone. It updates the reading every minute and stores up to 8 hours of glucose readings in 15 minute intervals. Designed to be water-resistant, it can be worn for up to 14 days, even during activities like swimming, showering, and exercising.

R 1,089 per sensor*

*Recommended retail price inclusive of VAT

Depending on your medical aid and plan option, your FreeStyle Libre 2 sensors might be reimbursed. We recommend that you reach out to your medical aid for more information.

Discovery Health Medical Scheme offers cover for continuous glucose monitoring sensors up to a monthly amount on all health plans except KeyCare plans.

To qualify for cover, you have to be registered for type 1 diabetes on the Chronic Illness Benefit and a CGM network doctor has to prescribe the device.

Depending on your health plan and age, you might have to pay part of the cost of the sensor from your Medical Savings Account and/or from your own pocket.

https://www.discovery.co.za/corporate/health-new-cover-and-care-for-type-1-diabetes

How to apply your FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor

The #1 sensor-based glucose monitoring system
used worldwide1

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Real-time
monitoring

  • Excellent accuracy6

  • Reading every minute on your smartphone

  • Optional, real-time alarms¤

  • Alerts on smartwatch^

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Easy and
painless3

  • No fingersticks

  • Easy to use4

  • Painless to apply and wear3

  • Better understanding of the glucose fluctuations7

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Discreet and
convenient

  • Small, discreet sensor

  • Worn up to 14 days

  • Waterproof sensor

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Easy
connections

  • Connect to caregivers§

  • Connect to Healthcare Professionals

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Proven
benefits

  • Increases Time in Range9 in T1D

  • Lowers HbA1c5,10

  • Improves quality of life7

Eligibility guidance

Adults with Type 1 diabetes

Children and young people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes

Adults with Type 2 diabetes

Glucose data at a glance

As well as real-time glucose data, you can use the FreeStyle LibreLink app to see trends and patterns in your glucose dataφ

Daily Patterns~ 

A graph showing the pattern and variability of your sensor glucose readings over a typical day. Includes the median, 25th -75th percentile, and 10th-90th percentile range of the glucose readings.

Time in Range

A graph showing the percentage of time your sensor glucose readings were above, below or within their Target Glucose Range.

Optional glucose alarms

Choose to get notified the minute your glucose is too high or too low. As long as your device is in range, you’ll get a notification, even when you’re asleep.¤

Read more about optional glucose alarms

Check your glucose levels from your compatible smartphone anytime, anywhere

 

App or reader: important information

If you start your FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor with your FreeStyle Libre 2 reader you will not receive real-time glucose readings, even if you use the updated FreeStyle LibreLink app as your second device. You will need to scan to get your glucose reading on both devices. Glucose alarms are only received on the device used to start the sensor.

 
References & Disclaimers

Images are for illustrative purposes only. Not real patient or data.

1. Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care. Data based on the number of users worldwide for the FreeStyle Libre systems compared to the number of users for other leading personal use sensor based glucose monitoring systems.

2. Survey conducted by Abbott Diabetes Care, 96% of FSL users (n=9136) would recommend it to others. Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care, Inc. (Feb 22)

3. Haak, T. Diabetes Ther. (2017): https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-016-0223-6

4. Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care, Inc.

5. Yaron, M. Diabetes Care (2019): https://doi.org/10.2337/dc18-0166

6. Alva S. et al, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, (September 2020). http://doi.org/10.1177/1932296820958754

7. Fokkert, M. BMJ Open Diab Res Care (2019): https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-000809

8. FreeStyle LibreLink works with FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor and is only compatible with NovoPen® 6 and NovoPen Echo® Plus.

9. Leelarathna, L. N Engl J Med. (2022): DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2205650

10. Evans, M. Diabetes Ther (2020): https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-019-00720-0

◊ 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 may require registration with LibreView.

ǁ Glucose readings are automatically displayed in the FreeStyle LibreLink app only when your smartphone and sensor are connected and in range.

† Fingersticks are required if glucose readings and alarms do not match symptoms or expectations.

¤ Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20ft of the reading device.

^ To receive alarms from the FreeStyle LibreLink app on your smartwatch, alarms must be turned ON, your phone and smartwatch must be connected, and your devices configured to deliver notifications. Smartwatch notification mirroring on the FreeStyle LibreLink app has only been tested with certain smartwatches and operating systems. Please check the website for more information about smartwatch compatibility.

§ 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 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.

︽ Glucose readings are automatically displayed in the FreeStyle LibreLink app only when your smartphone and sensor are connected and in range.

₼ The LibreView data management software is intended for use by both patients and healthcare professionals to assist people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals in the review, analysis and evaluation of historical glucose device data to support effective diabetes management. The LibreView software is not intended to provide treatment decisions or to be used as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

₸ Sensor is water resistant in up to 1 metre (3 feet) of water for a maximum of 30 minutes. Do not immerse longer than 30 minutes. Not to be used above 10,000 feet. 

φ For a complete glycaemic picture, scan once every 8 hours during signal loss when using the FreeStyle LibreLink app. Reader users need to scan once every 8 hours for a complete glycaemic picture.

~ Daily Patterns needs at least 5 days of glucose data.

‡ 60-minute warm-up required when applying the sensor.