A CGM that only needs Changing Twice a Year?

An implantable Continuous Glucose Monitor about the size of a matchstick, that only needs to be changed every 180 days, received approved by the FDA this February.

Eversense E3 will be available later this year, for people 18 and over. This implanted sensor determines interstitial glucose readings for 180 days. Sensor data is captured by a small transmitter patch that adheres to the skin, near the implanted device. The transmitter is rechargeable and sends glucose readings data via bluetooth connection to a mobile device. Users can download the mobile app on both iOS and Android devices to monitor glucose trends every 5 minutes and set custom alarms for highs and lows.

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The transmitter patch is changed daily and can be set to vibrate as an alarm to alert the user of hypo and hyperglycemia.

To assure accuracy, sensor calibration is required twice per day for the first 21 days of wear. After day 21, once a day calibration a day is required.

In the PROMISE study, researchers analyzed the safety and accuracy of the Eversense E3 in 181 adults age 18 and up. Results showed that the Eversense E3 was very accurate, with a MARD of 8.5%. The accuracy of the Eversense E3 was also better than any currently available CGM on the market – though it does require daily meter calibrations.

According to Senseonics, the medical technology company that created the implantable device, the out-of-pocket cost will be the same as their original 90-day sensor. Most insurance companies should cover the cost of the device and for insertion and removal.

Senseonics has partnered with Ascencia Diabetes Care (the maker of the Contour blood glucose meters). Ascencia will handle the marketing and distribution of the Eversense products. Plus, Ascencia will offer a Patient Assistance Program that can save users up to $1,200 a year. To learn more, you can contact Ascencia here.

To read more about the Eversense E3, click here.


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