Dexcom G7: CGM Device Release Date and Cost Insights
2022 has already been a big year in the world of diabetes equipment, and a recent announcement from Dexcom is set to make it even bigger. While the hotly-anticipated Dexcom G7 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System has not yet hit the market in the US or Europe, it has taken a significant step towards being released in the latter region.
Are you interested in learning more about the Dexcom G7 and what distinguishes it from other CGMs available today? If so, you’re in luck. Take a look at our complete overview of this exciting new product, including info on when you can expect to see a Dexcom G7 release date in the United States and overseas.
What Is the Dexcom G7 CGM System?
As you would expect, the Dexcom G7 is the successor to the popular Dexcom G6 CGM. The new system will work much like its predecessor – that is to say, people with diabetes will use the Dexcom G7 applicator to apply sensors to their bodies. Once the sensor is in place, it will measure a person’s glucose levels without the need for fingerstick testing.*
The Dexcom G6 and G7 systems are broadly similar, but they have some significant differences. These differences primarily involve exciting new features set to be introduced along with the newer model.
Dexcom G7 Key Features
One of the most obvious improvements made to the Dexcom G7 is its smaller and more circular shape. The sensors used in the Dexcom G7 system are roughly as big as three stacked quarters. Compared to the G6’s sensors, that’s a size reduction of about 60 percent.
Since the sensors used in the new system are considerably smaller, you’ll also be able to use them in different places. You can wear Dexcom G7 sensors on the back of your upper arm, on your abdomen, or (for younger users) on the upper buttocks. Along with that, the Dexcom G7 system’s sensors are more comfortable than those used in previous Dexcom CGMs.†,††
Dexcom’s efforts to make the G7’s sensors extra-convenient didn’t stop there, either. This system will also have the shortest sensor warm-up time of any CGM,¶ measured at 30 minutes. (To put that in perspective, the Dexcom G6’s sensors take about two hours to warm up.) The G7 has the same 10-day lifespan as the G6. To add, unlike the G6, users no longer have to save their transmitters when replacing the sensor after ten days. Each G7 sensor comes with the transmitter pre-attached, so there is no need to purchase or attach separate transmitters.
The sensors aren’t the only change between the Dexcom G6 and G7. Based on its mean absolute relative difference (MARD), the newer system is also more accurate than any CGM sold in the United States today. A CGM’s MARD is expressed as a percentage – the lower that percentage is, the more precise a CGM’s readings are. The Dexcom G7 has a MARD of 8.2 percent in adults when worn on the upper arm; in contrast, the G6’s MARD is 9 percent.
Like the Dexcom G6, the G7 will be fully compatible with a mobile app. The app for the new system has been completely redesigned with a more straightforward user interface and integration with Dexcom Clarity,§,|| making the process of using this CGM along with compatible smart devices# as intuitive as possible.
These are some of the most notable changes to look out for when the Dexcom G7 eventually hits store shelves on both sides of the Atlantic. For more information on the differences between the G6 and G7, refer to Dexcom’s official website.
Dexcom G7 Price
As of mid-2022, the Dexcom G7 cost was not yet public knowledge. What we do know is that Dexcom is aiming to offer identical coverage between the G6 and G7. If your insurance already covers the current model, it’s likely to cover the newer CGM, too. Dexcom also hopes to expand its private-payer, Medicare, and Medicaid coverage in America for the G7.
Dexcom G7 Availability
Right now, there is no official Dexcom G7 release date. However, Dexcom reached a major milestone in its efforts to release this product in Europe earlier in 2022. That March, the Dexcom G7 secured a CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark, approving the device for use by people with diabetes ages two and older in Europe.
In a press release announcing this accomplishment, Dexcom stated it planned to begin a limited European rollout of the Dexcom G7 system in spring 2022. The launch of this system should expand across Europe throughout the year.
Less information is available on plans to release the Dexcom G7 in the United States. According to Dexcom, it sent a comprehensive 510(k) pre-market notification to the FDA for regulatory review of the system in Q4 2021. That review is still ongoing, but Dexcom has used the extra time to improve the CGM before it gets Dexcom G7 FDA approval.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Dexcom G7 CGM
Is Dexcom Coming Out With a G7 CGM?
Yes! Dexcom has officially announced the G7, the next iteration of its G6 CGM system.
What Is the Difference Between Dexcom G6 and G7 CGM?
The Dexcom G7 CGM will add many exciting features to the fingerstick-free* glucose testing already offered in the Dexcom G6. This system will introduce smaller, more comfortable†,†† sensors, improved accuracy, and many other enhancements.
When Is Dexcom G7 Coming Out UK?
A limited European rollout of the Dexcom G7 began shortly after the system received a CE mark in March 2022. Availability of the new system should increase throughout the year.
When Will Dexcom G7 Be Available In the US?
An American release date has not been announced for this system. However, it has been submitted to the FDA for review and approval. Barring an unexpected Dexcom G7 delay, the new CGM should go on sale in the near future.
How Much Will the Dexcom G7 Cost?
While the Dexcom G7’s US price is still unknown, insurance coverage is expected to be similar to coverage for the G6.
Get Your CGM Systems from ADS
The Dexcom G7 may not be available in the United States yet, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to start using a CGM! Instead, pick up a Dexcom G6 (or another CGM system) from ADS today. Along with these products, we offer a wide range of diabetes supplies. If you need insulin pumps, glucose meters, or anything else, take a look at what we have in stock!
*If glucose alerts and readings from Dexcom G7 do not match symptoms or expectations, use a blood glucose meter to make diabetes treatment decisions.
†Patients reported that 95% of Dexcom G7 sensors worn were comfortable to wear (mild, no discomfort).
††Dexcom, data on file, 2021.
¶Dexcom G7 can complete warmup within 30 minutes, whereas other CGM brands require up to an hour or longer.
§Healthcare providers can register for Dexcom Clarity at clarity.dexcom.com/professional/registration.
||An internet connection is required for patients to send their glucose data to Dexcom Clarity via a compatible smart device: dexcom.com/compatibility. Healthcare providers will only be able to view a patient’s glucose data if the patient elects to share it with them through Dexcom Clarity.
#Compatible smart devices sold separately. To view a list of compatible smart devices, visit dexcom.com/compatibility.