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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
10/14/15 11:19 A

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Great idea Linda, thank you!

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10/14/15 10:11 A

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That is an awesome suggestion!

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10/14/15 12:41 A

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there is an acceptable allowance of plus or minus 20 percent error rate (at least in Canada - I don't know about other countries) That can be quite a range of "error" readings.

Further, it is hard to assess how accurate a meter is unless you take it to the lab and have them give you a drop of blood from the vial they take when they draw the blood for their testing. I asked a lab here to do that and one lab said they would not, but then another said OK. So I guess it depends on where you get your lab work done.

The biggest problem that you have to have your meter with you when you get your blood drawn, which means you have already bought the meter. But it can be a helpful tool in determining how accurate that meter is so you can make adjustments as needed to your daily readings.

Talk to your doctor and/or your pharmacist about this. They can give you better directions on what do do in such a case.



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10/13/15 11:22 P

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Has anyone found that the more expensive meters and strips give more reliable results than the lower priced ones? The meter I had was a Accu-Chek and the test strips cost 25.00 for 25 strips. I am planning to buy the Relion meter at Walmart tomorrow with the 9.00 strips as my insurance doesn't cover the strips unless they are over 60.00 and I still have a 45.00 copay.
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9/26/15 12:27 A

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Thanks!

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9/25/15 5:31 P

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Check with your doctor sometimes they give you a free meter. Its the strips that cost so much.

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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
9/25/15 4:10 P

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Thanks for the info Linda! I will be going shopping tomorrow and will check out what's available that is not ridiculous in price. Everything is so expensive anymore and the insurance companies don't want to pay for anything.

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9/24/15 10:52 P

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I use One Touch and have for over 20 years. A few years ago my Dr office gave me a Bayer because I ran out of strips for the One Touch, and the Bayer was ok but I was used to my OT so went back to it when my disability came through. Earlier this year I tried an Abbot (I think it was a Freestyle) but was very had for my poor old eyes to read.) I really like my One Touch but they don't make that model anymore and I don't like the new Verio. So I am on the hunt for a new one to replace this one shortly.....

Good luck to you finding one you can afford....

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9/24/15 10:36 P

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Unfortunately, I don't have a Kroger store in my area. I saw the Relion meter on the Walmart website and I wondered with such a low price, if it is accurate or not.

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9/24/15 9:14 P

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I have Kroger (grocery store) in my area and I got their own brand. Very cheap for strips, lancet, and meter. Works fine for just getting the bs levels, but gave up on trying to bring up a menu that it said it had to bring up past readings. I liked my old one better, but can't afford the strips for it.

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I have to use the Precision Xtra which is what my doctor and insurance wants me to use. I supplement with the Wal Mart Relion That I believe now costs $16.00 for but test strips are still $9.00 for 50. I use to use the one touch when first diagnosed and I found out it would read about 10 to 15 pts higher then my I called both companies and they said it is allowed with the FDA to have a 20% difference. I was upset because at the time I was taking insulin and depending on which meter I used how much insulin I had to give myself.

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I us the On Touch which can be bought at Walmart

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Try CVS. they have several brands of glucometers that could work for you. Rounded up, I paid $20 for the meter. Not sure what the strips cost because those are covered somewhat w/insurance. I have a Freestyle Lite. Like it. Nothing fancy -- gives me the blood sugar reading. That is what I need!



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WalMart sell ReliOn for $10.00 on up and test strips are about $9.00

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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
9/24/15 1:47 P

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Hi Everyone! My BS meter has quit working! I'm looking for suggestions for a new meter to buy with affordable test strips. There are so many to select from I don't know what's best to buy. My insurance company's copays are generally high so I'm looking for suggestions of what I may be able to pick up without a prescription also. Thanks guys! Trish

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