Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Libre available in SA!!

The FreeStyle Libre is finally available in South-Africa. You can order yours from the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE). They have a pharmacy in Johannesburg (81 Central Street Houghton 2198 Johannesburg), where you can walk in and buy the sensors and reader. You can also call them on (011) 712 6000 and fill in the form, pay via EFT and get the sensors couriered to your door. The current price at the time of writing is R990 for a sensor and R990 for the reader. Much cheaper than Dexcom, and much simpler to use.
It doesn't include remote monitoring, but there are some options. The BluCon Nigthrider attaches to the Libre sensor and sends the data to your cellphone. I'm still waiting for mine, and will report on it as soon as I receive it.


I started the year off on a pretty bad note. I broke my femur in an accident. Very difficult to explain how and why, some of it remains a mystery. During my hospital stay, my Dexcom transmitter suddenly stopped working. As soon as I got home, I ordered Libre sensors and will never look back. Yes, I miss the real-time alarms and updates on my phone (Will get it again once my BluCon arrives), but the Libre is so much simpler to use and much less can go wrong. Insertion is quick and easy, the glue sticks like super glue. While Dexcom sensors contained less and less glue each time I put on a new sensor.... seriously Dexcom?? is it all about the money?? do you really worry that people will get a few more days from a sensor and then you will loose some money??

Below you can see my new Robocop gun holster in the making. I'm still recovering, walking on crutches, 2 more weeks to go non weight bearing. Nervous about all the screws going so far beyond my bone, but glad I still have my leg. Not sure when and if I will be able to run again. Maybe it is time to find a new activity. Happy to have the Libre stuck in my arm, wish I had it during my hospital stay.


34 comments:

  1. So Yesterday I borrowed a freestyle libre device, picked up a sensor at the CDE pharmacy and started my first ever real time glucose monitoring setup. I did some research and you don't actually need the meter (if you purchased you sensors in the UK) I have reached out to the UK team to "whitelist" my sensor on their UK app which allows you to scan with your phone (ios sorry) not sure about android yet. I realised food I thought was low carb/glucose was actually raising my sugar. Anyhow.. I need to control better.

    Being in the above threshhold benefit of my medical aid I guess it covers all the sensors. Lets see how they like that. I would prefer to have no meter and all be cell based and all the data to be stored in the cloud and linked to ihealth which mixes my activity with my glucose and can be quite powerful from a management perspective.
    brennanbabb@gmail.com

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    1. Just remember you still need to check your values with a meter. Sometimes any F/CGM can be a bit off. The nice thing about the libre device is that it can be used as a normal meter as well.

      Getting the values from the Libre synced with your iHealth should be possible. Once you have the values on your phone anything can be done with it. I'm finally getting my BluCon device next week, will post soon about that. With that device you don't even need to scan the libre sensor manually.

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    2. Damn. I would have ordered one with you. I have seen some mixed reports. Would be very keen to get in on that. how did you order?

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  2. Hi Jaco, I am a journalist researching a possible story about 'diabetes hackers' who are creating DIY solutions for T1D, like yourself. I'd love to talk to you about this. Please contact me on 0118868899 and ask for Laura, so we can chat directly. Many thanks!

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    1. Hi Laura, sure. I'll contact you on Monday, otherwise zero 8 two 9 3 two seven double 9 three

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  3. Which medical aids cover the freestyle Libre ?
    Does it come out of Medical aid saving and the threshold benefit ?

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  4. Hi,

    We would like to order the freestyle libre tester
    please email me bev@amviral.com

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  5. Hi how to we order the freestyle libre ? id like to know more about this ? and what is the price? coetjoe@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, R990 for a sensor which lasts 14 days. All the details is in the blog, just read it carefully.

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    2. Hi can you please let me know where I can order I need it asap

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  6. Is the Libre only for T1 diabetes? I am Insulin Resistant, can I also use the Libre?

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    1. Hi, anyone can use it. T2/Insulin Resistant people as well.

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  7. hello please tell me more and how much is it.... is this out in South Africa???? liezlcarelse@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes, it is available in SA. R990 for a sensor which lasts 14 days. All the details is in the blog, just read it carefully.

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  8. Hi
    Where can I purchase the device?

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  9. Hi is there a trial version and does any medical aid cover the cost of this?

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  10. Hi please send more information. Hezrongovender@gmail.com

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  11. Can you get it via your medical aid.

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    1. hi there, does discovery health pay for the whole kit,stays in gauteng.thanks

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  12. Could a rep come and detail our GP practice in claremont cape town please. 0216834300. Tamara

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  13. Is the app available in SA

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  14. I'll be checking this out asap

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  15. Hi how can I order the sensors please

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  16. Home glucose meters like (freestyle glucose meter) are fun, aren't they? In truth, most glucose meters (freestyle libre flash glucose monitoring system) are accurate enough for our purposes - testing, not diagnosis. Unfortunately, though, this variability could be considered totally within the meter's normal range of accuracy. The reality is that, if you are test with best blood sugar monitor your five fingers on your right hand one minute apart, you'll probably get five different readings. Some may be close; some may be 30 points off. You should call your meter company to complain, though. I did this once for a 40-point discrepancy and the woman over the phone told me that it was within the meter's range and there was nothing she could do. Because you're a Type 1 and on insulin, I understand why you want to pinpoint the number as close as you can; however, that's just impossible. Unless you have reason to believe your first number is inaccurate, go with the first reading you see. Or you could go crazy like I do, test a third time, and then average them. :D Also, blood sugar is constantly changing. One reading is just an isolated moment in time. Find out more: onlineshopology.com

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    1. I have had a similar experience with freestyle libre sensors. Purchased in the dedicated meter but decided to use the android app. and initially the experience was good after each sensor lasting roughly the 14 day period. A further order of 2 sensors in July did not go well whith the following issues:
      - a sensor stopped with application error "Unexpected Application Error"
      - another stopped working with about 3 days left with error log recording "Sensor too cold"
      - readings correlating with old reader with massive deviance in the readings/results.
      I had purchased the sensors from CDE pharmacy and contacted Abbots customer care. Responded to a 16 question email (with sensor batch numbers, app screenshots, reader snapshots and even a separate old Accucheck reader result comparison) that included 1 that queried "Did this issue result in medical attention? (eg. Were the paramedics called?)" - I had no medical issue, and replied as such, although after a really bad customer service response (7 days) I imagine was merely legal inference to secure themselves liability protection. Like you this made me incredibly frustrated and disrupted my entire BG management efforts. I am now looking at another alternative and recommend that users be careful and validate the app sensor readings along with either the dedicated FS reader or another (perhaps their old one like mine)...or both. I see an interesting comment earlier where mention was made of "whitelisting" sensors purchased in a different region and wonder if this might have been a problem as I noticed that the first sensors I purchased had expiry dates that were in 2020 whereas the later purchased indicated late 2019? An expensive mistake as far as I am concerned.

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  17. Thanks Jaco! I bought blucon after reading your post here and using it with libre sensor over 14 months now. I am quite satisfied with the libre and blucon solution. I heard new nightrider ca directly connect to apple watch and no phone is needed. Did anyone try it?

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      I am using NightRider in direct connect to Apple watch mode and it works really well. I am impressed with the technology the developed. Now I can see my glucose levels without phone.

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  18. Hi I am using the libre sensor and I am looking to buy stickers for my sensors , can you help?

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  19. Good day. Any news if medical aid will cover this under chronic?

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  20. Gestational Diabetes: Some mothers will have gestational diabetes at some point during pregnancy. Usually there are no noticeable signs but have it in mind!. blood sugar levels Diabetes affects 1 in 4 individuals who are over 65.

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  21. Is it blind friendly? I need one for my husband who is blind and no memory. The price as well please.

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  22. I have been using Libre for 28 days now and it is amazing. No more finger pricks. It quite expensive but i worked out i scan my sugar at least 12 times a day and if i tested my sugar with Contour strips 12 times per day I would spend more than R800 per month.

    The reports are very usefull and helps me with my insulin intake.

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  23. Thanks for the post. Earlier I was using Dexcom G6 when it become difficult to afford I switched to Libre but always missing the alarms and continuous monitoring, after reading your post I ordered the nightrider blucon from Ambrosia. they delivered in a week, this device is amazing, it really converted Libre into a Dexcom G6 like solution

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