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NHS Drug Tariff approval for FreeStyle Libre System

The FreeStyle Libre System will be available on the NHS from November 1 subject to local health economy approval.

The “game-changing technology” allows people with diabetes to track their blood sugar levels without having to prick their fingers.

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NICE updates type 2 diabetes guidance

Guidelines to help healthcare professionals identify adults at high risk of type 2 diabetes have been updated.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued the newly updated document, saying it aims to “remind practitioners that age is no barrier to being at high risk of, or developing, the condition”.

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Alert issued over Roche insulin pump

A medical alert has been issued to healthcare professionals and users of an insulin pump.

In an urgent field safety notice, manufacturers Roche advised there have been reported problems with the Accu-Chek® Insight system.

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DKA diagnosis definitions need to be ‘standardised’

Definitions used to diagnose diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) should be standardised because current data is based on “very flimsy trial evidence” which is “potentially putting patients in danger”, according to a leading expert on the subject.

Dr Ketan Dhatariya, a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, says there is an “urgent” need to ensure all clinicians use the same criteria to define and report DKA.

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Free online insulin course launched

A free massive open online course (MOOC) developed to give healthcare professionals, people with diabetes and carers enhanced knowledge in how insulin works has been launched.

Understanding Insulin is a course offered by the University of Southampton in collaboration with the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust adult diabetes team.

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