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Monday, November 10, 2008 Roxy, Community Member, asks

Q: Why do blood testing strips cost so much

       Hi Ginger


     Why do blood sugar test strips cost so much, does it have something to do with the manufacturing process, or are they just unreasonably overpriced.


      I use OneTouch Ultra strips I live in Canada(not sure what the cost is in the US) and the price for them is close to $90.00.


      Someone mentioned that I look into a discount from the company, how does one go about that.


     Also they mentioned that maybe I should try generic brands, and you suggested Amazon, are the generic just as good as my brand name strips, and are the ones from Amazon tamper free.




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Ann Bartlett, Health Guide
11/11/08 3:54pm

ok here's some info:

 1)you can get a free meter, if you qualify, from one touch, they usually enclose 1 bottle of strips!  You should always have more than one meter, I have 4: one at home, one at my office.  one in my car and one in the closet in case Surprised


2) You test strips should be covered under insurance.  Even in Canada.  Get a prescription for them and your price will be what ever you out of pocket costs.  Canadian Diabetes Association.  Check out helping you section and see if you can sign up for the life coach!


Here's another site.  I use something similar here in the US called medexpress and it is considerably cheaper. I use them for the convenience of delivery b/c my insurance covers the strips and I pay no out of pocket.


If I find out more I'll get in touch.  


Ginger Vieira, Health Guide
11/13/08 11:44am

Hey Roxy,


I just wanted to add to Ann's post about how I get my test strips from Amazon. I've never had a problem using Amazon -- you just have to make sure you're getting test strips for the right meter. 


For example, I have both a FreeStyle LITE meter and a FreeStyle FLASH, so I have to be very specific when choosing test strips on Amazon to make sure I'm getting the right test strips. I also only purchase from screennames on the site that have a good approval rating (shown through the Gold stars next to each product).



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