Medical technology company Intuity Medical has secured the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its POGO automatic blood glucose monitoring system.

The POGO system is claimed to be the first blood glucose meter and multi-test cartridge to offer an automatic testing with lancing, blood collection and analysis in one easy step.

It addresses the need of patients to regularly monitor their blood glucose to aid the management of their diabetes.

Around 422 million people globally are affected by diabetes, the disease is the 7th leading cause of death in the US.

The American Diabetes Association stated that the burdens associated with blood glucose testing are among the reasons for poor glycemic control in the management of diabetes.

To perform the test using the POGO blood monitoring system, a patient presses the POGO test port, and POGO automatically lances the finger to collect blood sample and displays a result after a four-second countdown.

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The meter only requires a tiny blood sample of 0.25 microlitres to assess the glucose value.

"By reducing the number of steps and supplies needed to test, POGO addresses some of the common barriers to testing and gives patients a new way to test their glucose."

After completing all ten tests, the patient discards the selfcontained cartridge, eliminating the need to handle used test strips or lancets since they remain inside the cartridge. This reduces the biohazards of used lancets and used test strips in public places.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) founding director and University of San Diego clinical professor of medicine Steve Edelman said: "By reducing the number of steps and supplies needed to test, POGO addresses some of the common barriers to testing and gives patients a new way to test their glucose.

"As clinicians, making testing more convenient for the patient is essential to their diabetes care."

POGO can be integrated with the company’s patented diabetes management application, a secure cloudbased system for managing glucose information, to provide both healthcare professionals and patients with an all-round shared platform to identify and manage important patterns and trends that impact overall glucose control.

Image: An existing method of blood glucose monitoring system. Photo: courtesy of David-i98.