PharmaCare coverage of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) for Type 1 Diabetes in B​.​C.

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Help us get Continuous Glucose Monitoring covered for Type 1 Diabetes.  Access to CGM should not depend on whether or not you can afford it in BC.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring, known as CGM, automatically tracks blood glucose levels for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.  Managing blood sugar is vital in Type 1 Diabetes, and if neglected, can lead to dangerous healthcare outcomes.

Using a CGM allows a people with diabetes to monitor their glucose levels continuously and with ease.  Constant monitoring allows the individual to make informed decisions throughout the day about how they should balance their food, physical activity and medicine. CGM is a key piece to the artificial pancreas, a technology that is now available to those that can afford CGM.  If CGM were covered, the artificial pancreas would be accessible to every person living with Type 1 Diabetes in BC.

How does it work?

A CGM works through a tiny sensor inserted under your skin, usually on your belly or arm.  The sensor measures the levels of glucose found in fluid between your cells. The sensor tests glucose every few minutes and gives reliable readings that can be used with confidence.

CGM always monitors and records your glucose levels, regardless of whether you're exercising, showering, eating or sleeping.  An alarm that is integrated into the technology is used to alert hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic events that, if left untreated, can lead to death.  Tracking long-term trends is possible with data download and upload features.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring has completely changed the way that diabetes is treated, and we think that the British Columbian government should be covering it under the framework of PharmaCare.  CGM improves the outcomes of patients who use it, and we'd like the government to help improve lives.