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23 December 2021

Pogo Automatic Blood Glucose Monitoring System, USA

POGO Automatic is the first FDA-cleared glucose monitor and multi-test cartridge system for diabetes management.
The POGO Automatic system is the first and only FDA-approved blood glucose monitoring system with a multi-test cartridge. Credit: Intuity Medical, Inc.
POGO Automatic lances, collects and analyses blood for glucose levels in just one step using ten-test cartridge technology. Credit: Intuity Medical, Inc.
The device is easy to use and offers an accurate blood glucose result in just four seconds. Credit: Intuity Medical, Inc.

The POGO Automatic is an automatic blood glucose monitoring system (ABGM) indicated for diabetes management in adults and adolescents aged 13 years and older.

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Developed by Intuity Medical, the device is the only US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved ABGM that works on ten-test cartridge technology to combine lancing, sample collection, and analysis into one easy step for automatic blood glucose testing, eliminating the hassle of handling and the need for carrying separate test strips and lancets.

The POGO System received FDA clearance for marketing in April 2016 and was launched in the US in November 2021.

The device helps patients who need to test their blood glucose levels routinely and act to ensure effective diabetes management.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 27 million individuals in the US are diagnosed with diabetes and up to half of them have glucose levels higher than those recommended by healthcare professionals.

Purchasing the POGO Automatic blood glucose monitoring system

The POGO System is available with a prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) at Walgreens stores across the US, as well as at CVS Pharmacy locations in select regions. It is also available online through the POGO Store on the POGO Automatic website.

The POGO Automatic Monitor and Test cartridges can also be purchased using flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA).

Details of the POGO Automatic blood glucose monitoring system

The POGO Automatic provides a much simpler and distinct blood glucose testing experience, which is less disruptive to the patient’s daily life. Weighing 3.4 ounces with batteries, the system measures 4 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep.

The metre requires a 0.25 microlitre (25 nanolitres) blood sample to determine the glucose level. The operating test temperature ranges from 50℉ to 104℉. The system has the capacity to store 500 test results.

The test results recorded by the POGO system can be synced automatically to the user’s iOS and Android smartphones via Bluetooth, using Intuity Medical’s proprietary Patterns Diabetes Management free-to-download application, a secure cloud-based system. The application provides a comprehensive shared platform to both healthcare professionals and patients for the detection and management of important patterns and trends that impact overall glucose monitoring.

Test procedure for the POGO Automatic blood glucose monitoring system

The POGO System integrates lancets and test strips into a single cartridge for ten tests. The patient turns on the POGO Automatic Monitor and taps the POGO test port to activate the test, after loading the ten-test cartridge.

The device then performs all the lancing and blood collection work automatically and provides the result after a four-second countdown.

The patient discards the self-contained cartridge once all the ten tests are used, eliminating the need to handle used strips or lancets as they remain within the cartridge.

The single-step test procedure streamlines blood glucose monitoring compared to a traditional glucose meter, which requires more than 15 steps to complete a blood glucose test.

The Patterns app helps users to observe glucose patterns and make smarter decisions between doctor visits to attain their glucose objectives.

The app also integrates several popular wellness products and applications. The users can configure it to share glucose data with members of their healthcare team who can use the Patterns healthcare provider portal to monitor patient findings and assist with treatment decisions.

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