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Diabetes UK welcomes news of FreeStyle Libre gaining prescription status

Diabetes UK has welcomed the announcement that flash glucose monitoring technology will be made available on prescription across the UK, calling the decision ‘life-changing’.

Chris Askew is Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, days: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news: Not since the transition from urine testing to finger-prick testing has there been such potential to transform the lives of people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes through technology. Flash glucose monitoring can free people living with diabetes from the pain and rigour of frequent finger-prick testing, and puts them in greater control of their condition. In doing so, it has the potential to help prevent a host of devastating long-term complications. Today’s decision is testament to the commitment of campaigners, clinicians and policy makers to making this technology available. The challenge now will be that everyone who could benefit from this technology is able to access it where they live; Diabetes UK will be looking to local decision makers to ensure people living with diabetes get proper access to this potentially life-changing technology.”

www.freestylelibre.co.uk

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