TGA nods FreeStyle for kids

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN can now ow be lib­er­ated from the pain of rou­tine fin­ger pricks through con­tin­u­ous tin­u­ous diabetes sens­ing tech­nol­ogy Ab­bott’s FreeStyle Li­bre which the Ther­a­peu­tic Goods Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TGA) A) has now ap­proved for chil­dren aged 4-17 years.

The TGA, which had for­merly ap­proved the prod­uct for use in adults (PD 03 Jun 16), has granted an ex­panded in­di­ca­tion to in­clude chil­dren and teens aged four to 17 years with diabetes mel­li­tus and who are su­per­vised by a care­giver who is at least 18 years of age.

This means that Aus­tralian chil­dren liv­ing with in­sulin de­pen­dent diabetes now have acc ac­cess to a sys­tem tha that does not get in the way of a fun, ac­tive life and is eas­ier and less painful than tra­di­tional fin­ger prick test­ing.

Kne of the big a ad­van­tages of the FreeStyle Li­bre is that par­ents and car­ers can now wave a reader over a sen­sor (worn on the back of the child’s arm) to as­sess their glu­cose lev­els, day or night, with­out the in­con­ve­nience of a fin­ger­prick.

Ul­ti­mately, the ex­tended in­di­ca­tion will help rede­fine how younger Aus­tralians liv­ing with diabetes, their par­ents and care­givers man­age their diabetes.

Aus­tralia is one of the first coun­tries out­side of Europe to have ac­cess to FreeStyle Li­bre, the com­pany said.

Ab­bott is cur­rently work­ing with health au­thor­i­ties in Aus­tralia to seek re­im­burse­ment for FreeStyle Li­bre on the Na­tional Diabetes Ser­vices Scheme (NDSS), and this ex­panded in­di­ca­tion is fur­ther re­in­force­ment of the value of a tech­nol­ogy that has been de­scribed as “life-chang­ing” by the thou­sands of Aus­tralians who’ve used it.

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