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Old 04-08-2010, 01:43   #1
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Does anyone have any ideas as to why there is not just a general purpose control solution for glucose meters. I know that there are control ranges, but why does each company say you must use their control solution? If you have a premium brand named meter, the control solution can cost as much a $10 per bottle. The first ingredient on every bottle that I have used is water and the second is d-glucose. I think it is just a way for a company to make extra money.

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I think you're right! Like they aren't already making a killing on strips!

My cheapie meter didn't have control solution with it, and the store didn't have it available separately either. I'd have had to order it from somewhere & prob'ly pay shipping to boot . . . craziness! I think I'll just get a new meter if I find reason to think this one isn't reliable.

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I think you're right! Like they aren't already making a killing on strips!

My cheapie meter didn't have control solution with it, and the store didn't have it available separately either. I'd have had to order it from somewhere & prob'ly pay shipping to boot . . . craziness! I think I'll just get a new meter if I find reason to think this one isn't reliable.
Don't you use the Walmart meter? I have used their meter. I had problems with it when my blood sugar would go over 200. I don't have that problem very often any more. I decided to use a premium strip now that I can afford them. The Walmart that I use has an extremely poor staffed pharmacy department and going there just wasn't worth the ciaos. I used to want to scream at them, but that wouldn't have changed anything except my blood pressure!

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Aha . . . that's good to know. I've only been above 200 once that I know of, so maybe that's why it seems an adequate meter.

And I hear you about their pharmacies . . . I gave up using them for regular prescriptions. We use a little one-owner place that's nearer to us than Wmart, and is much more efficient & accurate, as well as being just as economical.

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Aha . . . that's good to know. I've only been above 200 once that I know of, so maybe that's why it seems an adequate meter.

And I hear you about their pharmacies . . . I gave up using them for regular prescriptions. We use a little one-owner place that's nearer to us than Wmart, and is much more efficient & accurate, as well as being just as economical.
Wow, only above 200 once. Now that is something to be proud of!

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Does anyone have any ideas as to why there is not just a general purpose control solution for glucose meters. I know that there are control ranges, but why does each company say you must use their control solution? If you have a premium brand named meter, the control solution can cost as much a $10 per bottle. The first ingredient on every bottle that I have used is water and the second is d-glucose. I think it is just a way for a company to make extra money.
I think you are right. Diabetes treatment is, unfortunately, big money for companies. I am very lucky that my insurance covers test strips, control solution and lancets 100%. I would be hurting if it didn't that's for sure!

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Does anyone have any ideas as to why there is not just a general purpose control solution for glucose meters. I know that there are control ranges, but why does each company say you must use their control solution? If you have a premium brand named meter, the control solution can cost as much a $10 per bottle. The first ingredient on every bottle that I have used is water and the second is d-glucose. I think it is just a way for a company to make extra money.
I haven't checked my meter with a control solution in some time. I used to follow the directions and used it when I got a new meter and/or opened up a new vial of strips. Control solutions are expensive considering they are only good for 30 days after you open the bottle. Maybe they could sell them cheaper if they made the bottles smaller. I mean, has anyone out there used an entire bottle of control solution before it expired?? And, yes alot of pharmacies these days dont even carry them in stock and have to order it for you. Just a few yrs ago, a bottle was always included in the box of a new meter, but not the one I just picked up on sale.

If I get a crazy reading and suspect the meter or strips accuracy, I am more likely to re-check with my backup meter of the same brand than to use up a strip performing a control test.

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I think you are right. Diabetes treatment is, unfortunately, big money for companies. I am very lucky that my insurance covers test strips, control solution and lancets 100%. I would be hurting if it didn't that's for sure!
Onaughmae, you are so right and fortunate for the coverage. I just have to share my situation. At one time and before the diagnosis, I had a good individual plan that covered strips and lancets under "one" co-pay. I got a new job and had to switch to that plan which charged me a co-pay for strips and TRIED to charge me a copay for lancets before I told them thanks but no thanks, but I would just buy my lancets off the shelf because 12.00 off the shelf was alot cheaper than the 40.00 prescription co-pay!! LOL.

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Welcome aboard, jsntay. There are plenty of products sold in small individual packets - things like eye drops, etc. There's no good reason the meter manufacturers couldn't package their control solution the same way, so the whole bottle wouldn't expire after one use, but of course they wouldn't make any money then, would they?!

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I just have to share my situation. At one time and before the diagnosis, I had a good individual plan that covered strips and lancets under "one" co-pay. I got a new job and had to switch to that plan which charged me a co-pay for strips and TRIED to charge me a copay for lancets before I told them thanks but no thanks, but I would just buy my lancets off the shelf because 12.00 off the shelf was alot cheaper than the 40.00 prescription co-pay!! LOL.
OMG! Gotta love how insurance works sometimes. Unfortunately, diabetes can be an expensive disease to manage *sigh*

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Default Control Solution Expires on 07/2011

Just checked my Bayer HealthCare control solution (lot #9S2D08) that came "free" with my Breeze 2 meter kit. The expiration date is 07/2011.

So what gives? Why is it mine came free and has a 18 month expiration.. while yours is only 30 days?

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