Prescribing for Population Health (PPH) is an ongoing series that aims to support ICSs to improve the health of the populations they serve. PPHs use prescribing data, biomedical literature and other data sources to provide new insights.

This publication highlights the variation in flash glucose monitoring prescribing, specifically Freestyle Libre, in people with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Prescribing is considered both in terms of the percentage of unique people prescribed this type of monitoring system and also the prescribing volume in 19/20 relative to the NHS England (NHSE) National funding arrangements.

Estimated avoidance of hospital admissions attributable to FL prescribing has also been quantified in terms of frequency and cost, and reduction in blood glucose test strips has been estimated.

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