You’ll Get a Kick Out of the New Sidekick

The Sidekick Blood Glucose Test System

| Dec 1, 2005

Not everyone with diabetes leads an active lifestyle and tests often. But my guess is that the readers of this magazine are on the go more than most people and monitor their blood glucose when they are away from home.

If you are a member of this group of active testers, you already have at least one blood glucose meter system. But until now, nobody made a meter specifically for you.

A New Meter for Active Users

Home Diagnostics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has just begun to market a meter for active testers to use when they are away from home. In July 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the company its 510(k) stamp of approval for the Sidekick Blood Glucose Test System.

The Sidekick is not only the world’s smallest diabetes testing system, it is also one of the easiest to use. It is approximately 1¼" in diameter and ½" thick. It comes with a vial of 50 test strips, which means that the total package is just 2½" long. The Sidekick also carries a small price. It will regularly retail for $34.99, but for the next few months, Home Diagnostics will offer a $5 rebate, so the net price is a remarkable $29.99. That’s for both the meter and 50 test strips—much less than strips alone usually cost.

Just Throw It Away

Another remarkable feature is that this is the first disposable meter. After testing 50 times, you just throw away the meter and the empty vial, then go to the drugstore for a new Sidekick system.

The company’s product literature says that this is an “all-in-one blood glucose testing system.” Not quite. It doesn’t include a lancing device or lancets.

“Including a lancing device would make it more expensive,” Home Diagnostics spokesperson Adam Sohn told me. “Besides, just about everyone already has a lancing device.”

The Sidekick package does include glucose control solution and a pouch. The pouch is big enough for the Home Diagnostics Gentle Draw lancing device—or the even shorter FreeStyle lancing device—as well as a few lancets.

And that’s not all. For a meter system this affordable, you might not expect the very latest in technology. But the Sidekick offers the four most important features: a small blood sample of 1 microliter, alternative site testing on the forearm, test results in less than 10 seconds and no coding required.

Besides the Sidekick system, Home Diagnostics currently sells three other meters:

The TrueTrack Smart System is the company’s flagship meter, with all the bells and whistles.

The TrackEase, available only through mail order and healthcare distributors, requires a blood sample of only 1 microliter and returns results in 10 seconds or less, just like the Sidekick and the TrueTrack, but it lacks a data port.

The Prestige IQ offers a large, easy-to-read display for testers with dexterity or visual limitations.

For more information, call (800) 342-7226, or visit

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