Company to Launch Generic Test Strips

LifeScan- OneTouch Ultra, Ultra2, UltraSmart, UltraMini

| May 2, 2014

Those who skip critical blood glucose testing because of the price tag on a box of strips may soon get a break. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company UniStrip Technologies has launched a new generic blood glucose test strip, designed for use with the LifeScan OneTouch Ultra family of meters.

"Research shows that people with diabetes test less than their doctors recommend because of the high cost of test strips," said Rick Admani, President of UniStrip Technologies. "This is important since the average person with diabetes spends about eight times more per year on medications and medical supplies than people without diabetes. This includes about $2,000 to $2,500 per year on diabetes products and an additional equal amount on non-diabetes products."

Admani expects the UniStrip1 strips to be marketed for about $15 per 50-count box or less, compared to the current cost of $50 or $60 per vial. The strips are compatible with the OneTouch Ultra, Ultra2, UltraSmart and UltraMini meters.

"We created UniStrip1 to fill a giant unmet need in our healthcare system," Admani said. "Our test strips are highly accurate and cleared by the FDA to use with LifeScan OneTouch Ultra meters. People with diabetes can now test at the levels they're supposed to, and do so affordably."

The strips met FDA standards in a clinical study.

 

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Posted by Anonymous on 6 May 2014

Still does not beat Walmart's 9 cents a strip

Posted by Anonymous on 6 May 2014

A dependable accurate lower cost test strip is welcomed. I have used the higher priced, accurate, test strips many years. The cost has risen multiple times over the years as well as other items such as insulin. A vial of U-500 insulin is approximately $1000.00. Anything related to diabetes is almost always escalated in cost to the consumer.

My experience with lower cost test strips has been one of false inaccurate readings. The source was contacted and discussed with my pointing out the cause of the problem. As of this day, no follow up or refund for the faulty test strips has not been mentioned. My hope is "Unistrips" are reliable and accurate and available.

Posted by rosiolady on 6 May 2014

It would be wonderful to have lower cost test strips! It will also help those of us on Medicare, and Medicare itself, of course, to reduce costs. Right now Medicare is implementing more and more requirement of the patient to report their exact usage and trying their best to second-guess your doctor and tell you you can't test that often. This is counter productive. Everyone needs support in their diabetes care, not more challenges!

Posted by Anonymous on 6 May 2014

My question is when?

Posted by Anonymous on 13 May 2014

I contacted UniStrip and they called right back. The strips are available from Amazon, Ebay or a company called Diagnostic Direct. UniStrip indicated that the strips would be available in pharmacies in the near future.

Posted by cpeterson on 29 May 2014

I use OneTouch Ultra for my MiniMed Insulin Pump. I worry about accuracy due to its generic.

But if it saves money and is deemed to be accurate like OneTouch, then its worth it. OneTouch is expensive the way it is, and would be nice to save money.


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