Abbott has announced that Tandem Diabetes Care’s t:slim X2 insulin pump has become the first automated insulin delivery (AID) system to integrate with its newly available FreeStyle Libre 2 Plus sensor.  

This advancement allows users of the FreeStyle Libre technology in the US to benefit from a hybrid closed-loop system that helps predict and prevent high and low blood sugar levels. 

Featuring Control-IQ technology, the t:slim X2 insulin pump now wirelessly connects to the FreeStyle Libre 2 Plus sensor.  

This sensor provides glucose readings every minute, which are displayed on the pump and the t:connect mobile app.  

Furthermore, the glucose levels are anticipated by the Control-IQ technology about 30 minutes ahead, adjusting insulin delivery accordingly to prevent hyperglycemia. 

Tandem Diabetes Care president and CEO John Sheridan said: “Tandem’s leadership in AID innovation is underscored with this milestone of launching the first insulin pump to be compatible with Abbott’s CGM technology in the US.  

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“This represents another step forward in our commitment to provide customisable solutions to help reduce burden and create new possibilities for people living with diabetes.” 

Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre 2 Plus sensor, cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is said to be the only continuous glucose monitoring sensor in the country that offers a 15-day wear time for both adults and children.  

Tandem is providing in-warranty t:slim X2 users in the US with instructions to integrate the new FreeStyle Libre 2 Plus sensor through a remote software update, at no additional cost.  

New customers will receive pumps pre-loaded with the updated software.  

Abbott diabetes care business executive vice-president Jared Watkin said: “Through the integration of Tandem’s t:slim X2 insulin pump with our FreeStyle Libre 2 Plus sensor, people only need two sensors a month, which ensures both a more convenient and more affordable experience.” 

Last November, Abbott secured the US FDA approval for its molecular human papillomavirus screening solution, an addition to the Alinity m diagnostic assay family.