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Free Style Connect System

FreeStyle Connect System. Abbott Laboratories Inc. last Monday said U.S. regulators approved its for monitoring levels of blood glucose, for use in hospitals and medical clinics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device following a series of clinical trials in which the device provided reliable glucose readings within an average of 15 seconds and using only a very small blood sample size. In fact when the Freestyle system comes to the hospital your patients will be very happy, as patients will need 92% less blood than the most popular hospital system. Abbott Receives FDA Clearance to Market FreeStyle Connect(TM) Blood Glucose Monitoring System

ALAMEDA, Calif., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Abbott Diabetes Care, a division of Abbott , announced today it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its FreeStyle Connect(TM) blood glucose monitoring system in the point-of-care setting (hospitals and medical clinics). It uses the smallest sample size required of any point-of-care blood glucose monitoring product on the market.

FreeStyle Connect measures glucose levels using a very small blood sample size (0.3 micro liter), the smallest sample size required of any point-of-care blood glucose monitoring product on the market. It is also the fastest point- of-care blood glucose monitoring system available, providing results within an average of 15 seconds. The advanced technology employed by FreeStyle Connect ensures reliable results under real-world conditions, with accuracy independent of blood oxygen levels. Further, results are not affected by many common substances such as aspirin, acetaminophen, gentisic acid, uric acid, vitamins, and many over-the-counter drugs. FreeStyle Connect is also designed to seamlessly interface with any open point-of-care data management system.

"Studies have demonstrated that FreeStyle Connect provides accurate results using a very small sample size which may offer advantages with challenging arterial and neonatal samples. In addition, it may save nursing time, which is a key benefit in a busy hospital," said George Cembrowski, M.D., Ph.D, Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

FreeStyle Connect uses a technology exclusive to all FreeStyle(R) meters based on coulometric measurement. This unique, patented, electrochemical technology measures virtually all of the available glucose in the blood sample, making it ideal for measuring a small sample size. Coulometric technology has already been used by people with diabetes worldwide in more than two billion blood glucose tests using FreeStyle(R) blood glucose strips.

"FreeStyle Connect is an exciting advance for blood glucose monitoring in the point-of-care setting, offering outstanding accuracy. FreeStyle Connect also provides improved convenience and ease-of-use for clinicians and hospital staff," said Ed Fiorentino, President, Abbott Diabetes Care.

The accuracy of the FreeStyle Connect blood glucose monitoring system has been tested in three clinical studies(1,2,3). Two studies conducted at Duke University Medical Center and Hartford Hospital, examined nearly 300 arterial blood samples comparing FreeStyle Connect to three laboratory analyzers. The Duke study found that FreeStyle Connect provided accurate, rapid results on a very small volume of blood in the point-of-care setting. The Hartford researchers concluded that FreeStyle Connect results were consistent with laboratory assays and were not affected by hemoglobin and oxygen in the arterial blood samples(1,2).

The third study, conducted at Washington University School of Medicine, evaluated the accuracy of FreeStyle Connect in 194 blood samples from neonates less than 10 days old. The results demonstrated accuracy as compared to the laboratory method. The researchers also found this monitoring system useful in neonates due to the very small blood sample required for testing(3).

FreeStyle Connect blood glucose monitoring systems will be available in August, 2005.

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