Economic impact of increased use of flash glucose monitors

Original title: Omkostninger og gevinster ved øget brug af flash glukosemålere

Diabetes patients must measure their glycaemic levels multiple times every day in order to stabilise their blood glucose through e.g. food or insulin. Today, diabetes patients often measure their blood glucose levels via the simple finger prick method, which implies that the patient must prick a hole to the finger to retrieve a small blood stain. Diabetes patients often find this finger-pricking method troublesome and stigmatising. In this light, flash glucose monitoring has been introduced. Flash glucose monitoring is a new way to measure the blood glucose level without pricking a small hole in the finger. The patient must instead scan a sensor placed on the back of the upper arm, which by many patients is a preferred way to measure blood glucose levels.

Despite the positive feedback from patients using flash glucose monitors, the monitors are not offered to diabetes patients in Denmark because the technology is more expensive than the finger-pricking method. On the back of this, Copenhagen Economics was asked by Abbott Danmark A/S, who currently is the only producer of flash glucose monitors, to evaluate the economic impact of increased use of flash glucose monitors.

The main conclusions of our study are:

The study is commissioned by Abbott Danmark A/S.