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|Abbott Announces Positive Results From Groundbreaking Study Of FreeStyle® Libre System For People With Type 1 Diabetes|
|Lunedì 13 Giugno 2016 17:23|
New Orleans, LA /PRNewswire/ - Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced the results of the IMPACT clinical trial, which demonstrated that the FreeStyle® Libre system met its primary endpoint of a reduction in time spent in hypoglycemia (low glucose levels, defined as <70 mg/dL1) for people with type 1 diabetes. People in the trial who used Abbott's FreeStyle Libre sensor and reader system spent 38 percent less time in hypoglycemia, as compared to people who managed their glucose with traditional self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) systems (pricking a finger to draw a drop of blood that is added to a test strip inserted into a glucose meter). Data were presented at the American Diabetes Association's 76th Scientific Sessions.
Data from the study also showed that the FreeStyle Libre system reduces all measures of hypoglycemia without increasing HbA1c (an average measurement of glucose levels in the blood over the past 90 days, typically understood to be the 'gold standard' of measuring overall glucose control) versus SMBG, showing that the FreeStyle Libre system can safely and successfully replace the need for routine finger sticks2 as a tool for managing diabetes.
Traditional self-monitoring of blood glucose among people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes falls short of U.S., E.U. and other key guidelines that recommend at least 4-8 self-tests per day3, with the consensus that the more testing per day, the better people have an understanding of their glucose levels and can manage their diabetes accordingly. In actuality, data shows that people test less than three times per day4—the biggest obstacle being the pain and hassle of routine finger sticks5. But when people with diabetes don't monitor their glucose levels regularly, additional complications including hypoglycemia can become life-threatening.
"Hypoglycemia is the main barrier to attaining optimum glucose control in persons with insulin-treated diabetes. Moreover, hypoglycemic events can not only lead to adverse clinical outcomes including cardiovascular events and death, but they can also incur significant emergency healthcare costs," said Prof.Jan Bolinder, MD, FRCPE, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and chief investigator for the IMPACT study. "This clinical trial has proven that patients will test more often when they have an easier and more convenient way to do so utilizing a device like FreeStyle Libre, leading them to ultimately being healthier, which is our goal for our patients."
Empowering patients with data
Data from the trial also showed a significant increase in testing frequency with participants scanning their FreeStyle Libre sensors an average of 15 times per day. More scanning led to more access to information about glucose levels, which ultimately led to FreeStyle Libre users being able to take action to significantly reduce their hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia on their own.
"The IMPACT trial confirms the importance of empowering people with the data they need to make their own choices," said Jared Watkin, senior vice president, Diabetes Care, Abbott. "We cannot underestimate the power of knowledge—especially for someone who is managing a chronic condition. Our goal is to help our customers be healthier and live fuller lives, and it's clear from this trial that FreeStyle Libre provides our customers just what they need to do that."
Hypoglycemia and HbA1c
Conventional wisdom in diabetes care is that reductions in HbA1c are linked with increasing risk of hypoglycemia8—traditionally, there is an inverse relationship between risk of severe hypoglycemia (low glucose levels) and HbA1c reduction (an average number). But in this clinical trial, subjects managed to significantly lower their time spent in hypoglycemia without an increase in their HbA1c levels, shifting a paradigm in the understanding of diabetes treatment and management. In addition, those reductions were achieved rapidly with the first unmasked sensor from the start of the trial and were sustained over the six months of the study through continued use of the FreeStyle Libre system.
About The study
Key findings from the trial include (FreeStyle Libre users versus traditional SMBG):
About The FreeStyle Libre System
Unlike other continuous glucose monitoring devices (those that measure glucose levels in real-time throughout the day and night), the FreeStyle Libre system is factory calibrated—meaning that it does not require a finger stick test for calibration, where other continuous glucose monitoring systems might require two or more calibrations per day.
In 2014, Abbott launched the FreeStyle Libre system in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and U.K. It is now available in 11 countries inEurope, and recently launched in Australia and Brazil. A professional-use version called FreeStyle Libre Pro utilizes similar technology and is available in India and South Africa.
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1ADA (American Diabetes Association), CDA (Canadian Diabetes Association) and EMA (European Medicines Agency)
2 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.
3 Schnell O, Alwai H, Battelino T, et al. Consensus statement on self-monitoring of blood glucose in diabetes. A European perspective. Diabetes, Stoffwechsel und Herz, Band 18, 4/2009:3-7
4 Vincze G, Barner JC, Lopez D. Factors associated with adherence to self-monitoring of blood glucose among persons with diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2004;301(1);112-125.
5 Wagner J, Malachoff C, Abbott G. Invasiveness as a barrier to self-monitoring of blood glucose in diabetes. Diabetes Technolo Ther. 2005; 7(4):612-619.
6 Nominally two weeks between days 15 and 31
7 Time <70mg/dL
8 The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group. N Engl J Med. 1993;329(14):977-86.
9 Based on a user study, 100% of patients agree that there is no pain when they check their glucose readings by scanning the FreeStyle Libre sensor.
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