Nov. 8, 2021 -- A new type of blood sugar monitoring system now available in the United States allows users to test with a single button-push instead of finger-sticking or inserting test strips into a meter.
The FDA has cleared the POGO Automatic Blood Glucose Monitoring System (Intuity Medical) for people with diabetes age 13 years and older.
It contains a 10-test cartridge, and once loaded, and the monitor turned on, the user only has to press their finger on a button to activate POGO Automatic, which then automatically does all the work of lancing and blood collection, followed by a 4-second countdown and a result. Users only need to carry the monitor and not separate lancets or strips.
An app called Patterns is available for iPhones and Android that automatically syncs results via Bluetooth. It shows glucose trends and enables data sharing with health care providers.
"We know that people with diabetes are more effective at managing their diabetes when they regularly check their blood glucose and use the information to take action," Daniel Einhorn, MD, medical director of Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, , said in a company statement.
"My patients and millions of others with diabetes have struggled for decades with the burden of checking their glucose because it's complicated, there's a lot to carry around, and it's intrusive," he added. "What they've needed is a simple, quick, and truly discreet way to check their blood glucose, so they'll actually do it."
How Does It Compare with Other Devices?
Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), such as the Abbott FreeStyle Libre, Dexcom G6, and the Eversense implant, are increasingly used by people with type 1 diabetes, and some with type 2 diabetes, as a way to keep a close eye on their blood sugar levels.
Asked how the POGO device compares with these other systems, Intuity Chief Commercial Officer Dean Zikria says, "While [CGM] is certainly an important option for a subset of people with diabetes, CGM is a very different technology, requiring a user to wear a sensor and transmitter on their body."
Patients also need to obtain a prescription in order to use a continuous sugar monitor. POGO Automatic is available without a prescription and gives people who do not want to wear a device on their body another choice, Zikria says.
The POGO system is available at pharmacies including CVS and Walgreens, and can also be purchased online at www.presspogo.com.
The device costs $68 from the company website and a pack of 5 cartridges (each containing 10 tests, with an aim of people performing 1-2 tests per day) costs $32.