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Letters Flash glucose monitoring devices

Consider alternative evidence sources for medical devices

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5202 (Published 13 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5202
  1. Neil Smart, vice chair
  1. Scottish Health Technologies Group, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Delta House, Glasgow G1 2NP, UK
  1. neil.smart1{at}nhs.net

Equity of access is an underpinning theme of the NHS. Concerns raised in accessing the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitor encapsulate many of the wider problems facing technologies that are not medicines.1 Unlike medicines, the published evidence base is often weak, and this is unlikely to change.

Should resources be allocated only to areas where strong evidence exists from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses, even …

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