New Inexpensive Metering System Launched—Strips Far Cheaper Than Most

| Mar 1, 1997

The supreme importance of daily blood glucose (BG) monitoring for proper blood sugar control is well documented. It is quite possibly the single most important step that individuals with diabetes can take to reduce their chances of developing complications.

But what about the cost? Many people may not be testing their BG levels enough because they cannot afford the substantial cost of test strips. GEM Inc. offers a BG monitoring system, called the GLUCOchek PocketLab, that addresses this problem.

Toni Edwards, owner of GEM Inc., says, "This reliable technology is priced right, especially for people who are either limited or prohibited on the amount of daily testing they can do because of the cost of the strips. The GLUCOchek offers accurate, reliable and dependable testing at a cost that most people with diabetes can afford and that insurance programs find very acceptable."

Edwards adds, "GLUCOchek addresses this dilemma (the cost of testing) by providing a quality product at the absolute lowest price to encourage compliance with the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial recommendations."

The strips come in boxes of 150 for $39.99. This translates to less than $14 for 50 test strips, substantially less than others on the market.

A Trade-Off for Cost Savings

There is a down side to using this less expensive monitoring system. Though the meter is priced at only $9.99 ($39.99 with a $30 instant rebate), it makes use of an older technology that requires several steps to perform a test.

A drop of blood is deposited on the strip, which must be lying on a flat surface. Then the user must press a button to start the timing sequence. When the meter sounds three beeps, the user wipes off all the blood and then places the strip into the meter to get the reading. The test takes 90 seconds. If the user falters in any of these steps, it can affect the reading. Research studies have demonstrated that this kind of test can be accurate if the person using it performs the procedure correctly.

Company spokesperson Paul Tracy says that the meter and strips are currently available by mail order only. GEM Inc. can be contacted at (800) 793-1995.

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