FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring

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FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring for the management of type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Outcome of the appraisal


Freestyle Libre shows promise for detecting and guiding the correction of hypoglycaemia in patients requiring multiple daily insulin dosing for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The current evidence, however, does not support routine adoption. The use of Freestyle Libre may be considered as an alternative to finger-prick selfmonitoring of blood glucose in clinical circumstances where multiple testing (eight or more times per day) is required.

Why was this topic appraised?


HTW previously facilitated publication of an Interim Statement on the prescribing of FreeStyle Libre flash
glucose monitoring system for people with diabetes (October 2017). HTW has now undertaken an appraisal
of the clinical and cost effectiveness of FreeStyle Libre to provide guidance on its use to NHS Wales.

Evidence Appraisal Review

EAR004 (11.2018)

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GUI004 (11.2018)

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