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  1. Medtronic have a 24 hour , 7 days per week, customer service, full express replacement within 24hours, no questions asked and the cgm has good bgl reliability and is cheaper then the Free Style Libra.

    I guess my only disappointment with this whole Freestyle Libra was the build up to an “affordable” way to monitor via scanning. I have never used it so i cannot comment on it’s reliability rate but you can asked the company for the data they must hold on it’s reliability rating and who did the research.

    I had some concerns and Medtronic immediately took affirmative action and have found them to be highly professional.

    Good to get some feedback on the Freestyle Libra. Thanks Frank

  2. Rick Phillips

    I agree Frank. I try to only do business with companies with a 24 / 7 customer support service.

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes.org blog page for the week of August 1, 2016.

  3. Jesús

    Thanks for your blogs and posts about Diabetes, Frank.
    I’ve been using FreeStyle Libre from 4 months now. I faced many problems with sensors, but also with readers. Three readers up to now have died after an error message like you describe here. I’m getting crazy with the readers. After these three died, i’m starting to think that the charger provided by FreeStyle within the reader box doesn’t provide the right current for the reader and this sooner or later crashes. I had to call FreeStyle support all that times and ask for a replacement. No problem on that, support is quite good when these problems happen.

    • Thanks for reading. Ive also heard that the reader can be temperature sensitive if you’re in an extreme climate. But yes, in my experience customer service have been excellent. Were they able to fix the problem with your reader?

      • Jesús

        Well last months were Winter here in Spain, the last 2 were Spring. But we are having very smooth temperatures here. I think the problem is more related with the power supply. Chargers should be introducing some problems when charging the reader. Maybe some overcurrent 🙁 no idea.
        The solution with the faulty reader is as the previous ones just to send me a replacement. After sending the faulty one back to the company, I don’t know how they fix it.

  4. Jon

    I used this a year or 2 back (buying it at an apparently considerably lower price that other alternatives), hoping /expecting (stupidly) it would change, or at least improve my miserably paranoid diabetic life… but alas, this is the WORST item I have ever wasted my time over. I have changed the reader 3 times due to just “not working” I dont know how many sensors have passed my way both in warantee or purchased. I have never reached 2 weeks on them. I think at best, 8 or 9 days, and that was only when i was pretty much vacuum packed and certain to not touch a shower, nor sweat nor contact anything that could detach it. However usually really 5 days is a more realistic number. Despite the BS indicated you certainly cannot swim at any depth, have a shower or even brush against hedges (yes not a joke) without it giving out signals or detaching. My levels continunally provide differences of 70-100 so this is not reliable. For some reason on my national health plan in Europe it has finally been accepted – ie. I get 2 free a month. I really thought they’d got it working finally. Now I know these are free, but honestly, the same problems are existing, after literally 24 hrs, applied correctly, no showering, no rugby playing, but just being calm, the same results, it detached slightly and giving very erratic results compared to the normal blood strip tests. twice this has happened. I would really advise against this to anyone who considers this item the low cost of the sensors that dont work and leave you very neurotic during the day is quite easily offset by sensors that cost a bit more but actually work. I actually had medical professionals applying a sensor to me, just in case I was doing something wrong.
    I have no idea how on earth a health system has permitted these things to enter into the market, I thought they had to pass certain tests….?
    Seriously its frightening, its worrying, and its left me in a more neurotic mess than before

    • Sorry to hear your experience with the Libre hasn’t been a great one. The feedback I’ve gauged from the diabetes community here in Australia is divided. Some people love it, while others say it’s not accurate. Everyone is different, I suppose. Thanks for your comment.

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