Subsidy Progress Update

18 October 2017 

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News from across the ocean

We are excited to share that the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring Technology has just gained reimbursement (subsidy) approval from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS).

The UK now joins a group of 17 partially or fully reimbursed countries, including France, Germany and Japan.

What does this mean for Australia?

The Australian Department of Health is in the process of evaluating the reimbursement (subsidy) of FreeStyle Libre for listing on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

As part of this process, the Department of Health requested comments and submissions from stakeholders. The public consultation process closed on 17 July.

We would like to thank all of you who submitted comments to the Department of Health regarding the proposed NDSS listing of FreeStyle Libre.

As next steps, the Department of Health’s assessment panel will consider submissions made by the public, in addition to the clinical and economic data Abbott submitted in support of FreeStyle Libre, and will make a recommendation about FreeStyle Libre.

At this point in time, we do not have any more specific information regarding ongoing or future activities for subsidy of FreeStyle Libre on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

The Department of Health governs the timetable and the Federal Government is the ultimate decision maker.

We cannot speculate on the nature of any NDSS subsidy or timeframe that the Department of Health and Federal Government will require, but are actively engaging on the value of FreeStyle Libre for those living with diabetes.

We would like to reaffirm that Abbott’s aim is to ensure equitable and affordable access to the FreeStyle family of glucose monitoring systems, including FreeStyle Libre, for people living with diabetes.

You are our inspiration!

Since it became available in Australia just over a year ago, FreeStyle Libre has been a welcome, pain-free alternative to traditional routine finger prick testingfor Australians living with insulin-dependent diabetes.

The stories you have shared with us about how FreeStyle Libre has had an impact on your lives have been an absolute inspiration for us to keep working towards an NDSS subsidy.

Thank you so much for inspiring us with your FreeStyle Libre journey!



A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the system or when symptoms do not match the system readings.