FreeStyle Libre Supply Update

FreeStyle Libre Supply Update

January 8, 2020

Abbott have advised that they are experiencing some temporary supply problems with FreeStyle Libre sensors. Abbott has issued the following statement:

‘We are currently experiencing delays in fulfilling orders of the FreeStyle Libre sensors to some pharmacies in the UK. The delay is 2 to 3 weeks from date of order. We are doing all we can to expedite shipments in an effort to minimise any interruptions and are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. Pharmacies will receive an e-mail with a tracking number when the product is dispatched.’

Community pharmacy teams unable to obtain supplies of the sensors are advised to refer any affected patients back to their prescriber for consideration of alternative monitoring methods in the interim period.

FreeStyle Libre sensors are listed as an Appliance in Part IXA of the Drug Tariff which can be dispensed against NHS prescriptions. The sensors can only be ordered directly from Abbott through their pharmacy ordering portal.

PSNC has a resource relating to dispensing appliances and includes FAQs you may find helpful.


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