{Diabetes} New Abbott FreeStyle Test Strips

by Leighann on August 23, 2010

I saw this press release a few months ago announcing Abbott’s new FreeStyle test strips which use a small sample and will work in all their meters without coding.

We use the OmniPod PDM and also a Freestyle Flash (which they just replaced with a FreeStyle Freedom when I called for one).

Word on the street (actually word in my driveway and then on Facebook) is that they are becoming available in the US and some people are automatically getting these as they refill prescriptions.

Have any of you received these new strips with ZipWik? Are they in fact working in meters that previously used the FreeStyle (not FreeStyle Lite) strips such as the Flash, Freedom, and OmniPod PDM? Does the meter automatically know that it doesn’t need to ask for the code?

We haven’t had many issues with FreeStyle Lite and FreeStyle test strips in two plus years. Abbott’s customer service has been great the couple of times I have called with a problem or question about the actual functioning of the test strips. Each time I called they diligently asked me for lot numbers, expiration dates, if we had high or low blood sugars as a result of test strip error, etc.

The only real issue I guess is that our six-year-old can’t easily get her blood onto the test strip by herself. But she can talk anyone through it. I hope that these new strips are easier for her to use.

I’m always looking for improvements in all the products we use for diabetes management and hope these are an advance.

FreeStyle Test Strips

Press Release:

Abbott Introduces New, Easier-to-Use and More Accurate Line of FreeStyle Test Strips in Europe

New FreeStyle® and FreeStyle Lite® Test Strips Offer a Better Testing Experience and Minimize Interference

  • ±15 percent of the true glucose value for glucose values equal to or greater than 5,6 millimoles/liter (mmol/L); and,
  • ±0,56 mmol/L of the true glucose value for glucose values less than 5,6 mmol/L.

May 14, 2010

Stuttgart, Germany — Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced European availability of its new generation of FreeStyle® and FreeStyle Lite® blood glucose test strips at the 45th Annual Meeting of the German Diabetes Society (DDG). The new FreeStyle line of test strips features a new, easier-to-use ZipWik* design tapered test strip that offers a better blood glucose testing experience. The new test strips are designed to ensure faster blood application, to reduce the number of error messages and wasted test strips, and to deliver a significantly improved level of accuracy.

“The new FreeStyle line of test strips represents Abbott’s latest success in delivering innovative products for people living with diabetes,” said Heather L. Mason, senior vice president, Abbott Diabetes Care. “By providing a better testing experience and achieving greater levels of accuracy, Abbott is delivering on what patients and health care professionals demand in diabetes care, especially for people who use insulin to manage their diabetes.”

The new FreeStyle line of test strips is compatible with all FreeStyle blood glucose monitoring systems,eliminating the need to switch meters. The new test strips also offer all the same benefits FreeStyle users have come to expect, specifically: no-coding required, the world’s smallest blood sample size and virtually pain-free testing.

New FreeStyle Line of Test Strips Achieves New Level of Accuracy

The new FreeStyle line of test strips is the most accurate ever produced by Abbott and capable of meeting a tighter accuracy standard than exists today.

The new test strips produce finger-stick blood glucose test results such that 95 percent of results fall within:

This improved level of accuracy provides added confidence for health care professionals and people with diabetes when managing diabetes and dosing insulin.

The new FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite test strips do not use the GDH-PQQ enzyme, which can be affected by common non-glucose sugars. The new FreeStyle line of test strips uses the GDH-FAD enzyme, which is unaffected by common non-glucose sugars, such as maltose or galactose, and minimizes the potential for interference.

European CE Mark (Conformité Européenne) approval for the new FreeStyle and FreeStyle Liteblood glucose test strips was obtained in October 2009. The new test strips are now available to customers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Over the coming months, the new strips will be available to customers in Australia, Israel and Norway. Abbott submitted 510(k) applications to the FDA in August 2009 for the new FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite test strips.

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