Have you heard?  There’s a new Libre in town!  The Freestyle Libre “flash” glucose monitor now has a “version 2”, called the Freestyle Libre 2.  Read on to find out about the differences, compatibilities and new features…

What’s the difference between the Freestyle Libre original and the new Freestyle Libre 2 glucose monitoring system?

 

Freestyle Libre (original version)

Freestyle Libre 2

Recommended use

For adults aged 18 years and older with diabetes

For adults and children aged 4 or older with diabetes

Scanning

Scan of the (original) Libre Sensor by the Libre Reader or app yields a profile from the past 8 hours.  Ideally you want to scan at least every 8 hours to get a 24 continuous “picture” of your patterns without any time gaps

Scan of the Libre 2 Sensor by the Libre 2 Reader or app yields a profile from the past 8 hours.  Ideally you want to scan at least every 8 hours to get a 24 continuous “picture” of your patterns without any time gaps

Note: Using Bluetooth technology, the Libre 2 system can be set to alert users without needing to scan the Sensor.

Alarms to warn if too low or high

No

3 optional real-time glucose alarms available through the Libre 2 Reader and Freestyle ibre 2 phone app – Low Glucose Alarm, High Glucose Alarm and Signal Loss Alarm

Sensor lasts for

14 days

14 days

Sensor / Reader / version compatibility

Original version of Libre Sensor is only compatible with the original Freestyle Libre Reader and app.

You cannot use an original Libre Sensor with the new Libre 2 Reader or Libre 2 app.

Libre 2 Sensor is only compatible with the Libre 2 Reader and Libre 2 app.

You cannot use a Libre 2 Sensor with the original Libre Reader or app.

Coverage

Covered on many provincial and private insurance plans

Not (yet) covered on any provincial plans; covered on some private insurance plans.

Abbott is working on coverage by more plans.

*If you would like to check if your plan covers the Libre Sensor & Reader (original) or the Libre 2 Sensor & Reader, please ask the LMC Pharmacist.

LMC Pharmacist