The new FreeStyle Libre 3 Sensors recently launched by Abbott Diabetes Care Ltd have been added to the Appliances section in Part IXA of the January 2024 Drug Tariff). At the same time, the sensors have also been included in the Drugs for which Discount is Not Deducted (DND) list (Part II of the Drug Tariff).
As the FreeStyle Libre 3 Sensors can only be ordered by pharmacies directly from the manufacturer without any discount, Community Pharmacy England made representations to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for this appliance to be exempt from any discount deduction. DHSC agreed to its addition to the DND list to help ensure that pharmacies are not faced with dispensing these sensors at a loss.
FreeStyle Libre 3 Sensors are not interchangeable with FreeStyle Libre 2 Sensors and require a different reader or the FreeStyle LibreLink app to scan and receive the results. The arrangements for ordering the FreeStyle Libre 3 sensors remain the same as for the Freestyle Libre 2 sensors – via the Abbott Diabetes Care pharmacy ordering portal.