New Single-Button Blood Glucose Monitor Available in US

Miriam E. Tucker


November 03, 2021

A new type of blood glucose 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 POGO Automatic Blood Glucose Monitoring System (Intuity Medical) has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration for people with diabetes aged 13 years and older.

It contains a 10-test cartridge, and once loaded and the monitor is turned on, the user only has to press their finger on a button to activate POGO Automatic, which then 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 iOS and Android that allows the results from the device to automatically sync via Bluetooth. It visually presents glucose trends and enables data sharing with healthcare 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," said Daniel Einhorn, MD, medical director of Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, president of Diabetes and Endocrine Associates, and chairperson of the Intuity Medical Scientific Advisory Board, 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 POGO Compare With CGM?

Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), such as the Abbott FreeStyle Libre, Dexcom G6, and Eversense implant, are increasingly employed by people with type 1 diabetes, and some with type 2 diabetes, to keep a close eye on their blood glucose levels.

Asked how the POGO device compares with CGM systems, Intuity Chief Commercial Officer Dean Zikria told Medscape Medical News: "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 CGM."

"Conversely, POGO Automatic is available with or without a prescription. POGO Automatic also gives people who do not want to wear a device on their body a new choice other than traditional blood glucose monitoring," Zikria added.

The POGO system is available at US pharmacies including CVS and Walgreens, and can also be purchased online at

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 a further $32 as a one-off, or $32 per month as a subscription.  

The product is also eligible for purchase using Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

Miriam E. Tucker is a freelance journalist based in the Washington, DC, area. She is a regular contributor to Medscape, with other work appearing in The Washington Post, NPR's Shots blog, and Diabetes Forecast magazine. She is on Twitter: @MiriamETucker.

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