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.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Blood Glucose, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Meters

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.