Freestyle Libre 2: Now Available in U.S.

For people living with diabetes, FreeStyle Libre 2 offers more than its competitors for a third of the cost.

DIABETES CARE|Sep.01, 2020

FreeStyle Libre 2: Now available in most pharmacies1 and covered by Medicare.2

That’s it. That's the story.

You want more? Oh, we have more.

For people living with diabetes — including Medicare patients who meet eligibility criteria — the FreeStyle Libre 2 integrated continuous glucose monitoring system, recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, offers a lot more above and beyond its unsurpassed 14-day accuracy.3

  • It’s the only iCGM that measures glucose every minute — five times more often than other CGMs4,5 — all while meeting the highest level of accuracy standards.6
  • Available for kids 4 and up. That’s right. We’re broadening the impact of this revolutionary technology. That’s more. Much more.
  • At 14 days, it’s the longest-lasting iCGM available, nearly 40 percent longer.7 And with its built-in shutoff at 14 days, you can trust in its reliability.
  • Alarms that are optional, customizable and real-time, alerting you within a minute if you’re too high or too low without having to scan.8

That’s more. But that’s not all. In some ways, less is more:

  • Compared to other CGMs, the FreeStyle Libre 2 system will cost 70% less. More features, excellent accuracy, all at significantly lower cost.9
  • Our latest technology reduces false alarms for kids by a third compared with the other iCGM available10 in the U.S. Fewer false alarms.

For many of the 34 million Americans living with diabetes, Medicare reimbursement is a welcome development.11

"By securing reimbursement, we are making sure our latest life-changing technology can get to everyone who needs it, whether they're children, adults or seniors eligible for Medicare," said Jared Watkin, senior vice president, Diabetes Care, Abbott.

How life-changing is the FreeStyle Libre system?

In data presented12 at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 80th Scientific Sessions, the FreeStyle Libre system was found to offer Significant reduction in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) among people with type 2 diabetes for both long-acting insulin and non-insulin users, results that are similar to those typically seen when adding insulin to treatment regimens as well as fewer diabetes-related complications and hospitalizations among people with type 2 diabetes who were not on intensive insulin therapy.

Want to know even more about FreeStye Libre 2? There’s more here.

1Participating pharmacies are subject to change without notice. Product availability may vary by retailer.
2Patients must meet Medicare eligibility coverage criteria. Local Coverage Determination: Glucose Monitors (L33822), January 2020.
3FreeStyle Libre 2 User Guide.
4Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care.
5Dexcom G6 CGM User Guide.
6Based on FDA iCGM special controls.
7Based on comparison to Dexcom G6.
8Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet of the reading device.
9Based on a comparison of list prices of the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system versus competitors' CGM systems. FreeStyle Libre 2 system will be list priced the same rate as FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. The actual cost to patients may or may not be lower than other CGM systems, depending on the amount covered by insurance, if any.
10FreeStyle Libre 2 system user manual. Dexcom G6 CGM User Guide. Based on low glucose alarms set at 70 mg/dl. for pediatrics.
11American Diabetes Association: Statistics About Diabetes.
12Miller, Brandner et al. HbA1c Reduction After Initiation of the FreeStyle Libre System in Type 2 Diabetes Patients on Long-Acting Insulin or Non-Insulin Therapy. Miller et al. FreeStyle Libre System Use Associated with Reduction in Acute Diabetes Events and All-Cause Hospitalizations in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Without Bolus Insulin. Wright et al. HbA1c Reduction Associated with a FreeStyle Libre System in People with Type 2 Diabetes Not on Bolus Insulin Therapy.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 Flash Glucose Monitoring System is a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device with real time alarms capability indicated for the management of diabetes in persons age 4 and older.

This story was originally published on July 31, 2020, and updated on Sept. 1, 2020.

Indications and Important Safety Information

The FreeStyle Libre 2 Flash Glucose Monitoring System is a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device with real time alarms capability indicated for the management of diabetes in persons age 4 and older.*


The System must not be used with automated insulin dosing (AID) systems, including closed loop and insulin suspend systems. Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment. Do not take high doses of vitamin C (more than 500 mg per day), as this may falsely raise your Sensor readings. Failure to use the System according to the instructions for use may result in missing a severe low blood glucose or high blood glucose event and/or making a treatment decision that may result in injury. If glucose alarms and readings from the System do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick blood glucose value to make diabetes treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate and contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit * for detailed indications for use and safety information.

*Please refer to for the indications and important safety information.