Posted by Daniel Harper at 05/10/2018 11:58:58
Following an extensive and thorough review, the four east Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups have agreed to develop a policy to allow FreeStyle Libre to be made available on prescription later in the New Year.
Support for the device is based on the guidance issued by NHS England’s Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee and with a number of conditions.
It is expected that the monitoring system will be available on prescription from diabetic specialists for a limited number of patients once the necessary policies, training and processes are in place. This is likely to take several months to agree and patients will be updated once completed.
A copy of the RMOC guidance is available
East Kent conditions for the availability of FreeStyle Libre include:
- Only to be available to a pre-defined cohort of type 1 diabetic patients
- To be managed within a specialist care setting – for east Kent this would be the acute rather than community
- No prescribing or monitoring to take place in primary care
- A prior approval process to be put in place
- A patient contract to be established to discontinue use of FreeStyle Libre if no improvement is demonstrated against the agreed areas over the 6-month trial period.
- A policy and process to be established and agreed before implementation
- Training to be undertaken by specialist providers