FDA Approves First Implantable Glucose Monitoring System

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Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Many diabetics are tasked with checking their blood sugar multiple times a day, a burden that can be costly and painful. Recently, with the evolution of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM), diabetes management has gotten easier as patients can instantly check their blood sugar throughout the day. And now, care may get even easier with the recent approval of the first long-term implantable system in the US—the Eversense CGM System.

How does the Eversense System work?

According to the manufacturer, Senseonics, the implanted sensor uses a novel light sensor to measure glucose levels. The light sensor is coated with a chemical that produces a small amount of light when exposed to blood sugar. Every five minutes, the blood sugar measurements are sent to a mobile device or tablet.

The Eversense system is indicated in persons with diabetes who are 18 years of age and older.  

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How is the device implanted?

The device is implanted under the skin by a qualified physician during an outpatient procedure. Once inserted, the sensor will last up to 90-days.

Are there any side effects?

The following are potential adverse effects related to the insertion, removal, and wear of the sensor:

How much will the Eversence cost?

According to Diabetes Daily, the system will cost around $7 to $8 per day

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