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Old 07-11-2013, 15:56   #1
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I test a lot, and probably will continue to, until my BG is down to my target range, for the better part of 24/7. So .... I am curious what everyone does with their empty vials. I have been throwing them in an empty drawer, and they're starting to accumulate. Do you throw yours out, use for crafts, or what? They're really handy, due to their size, but I am not sure what to do with my accumulation. So, where do yours end up?

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The lining contains a dessicant, and there is a warning on the vials, not to reuse. I don't.

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I never knew that. Guess I never read them, other than the expiry date.

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That must be on the box itself, which I don't have around. I have two different brands of vials, and it doesn't say anything on the vial. It does say not to refrigerate or freeze. Guess someone and some point must have tried to freeze the 'ole strips, to induce that warning.

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Well, not finding it right now, not on my bottle even. It might be in the package insert (and yes we should ALL read them. You never know what you might find there!).

But, I would not.

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I recycle them...

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Mine (freestyle lite) do not indicate they are recyclable. They don't have any symbol on them.

I emailed Abbot to find out and got a non-answer ("check with your recycling company").
I've not found any use for them.

So, I throw all mine away. Pitty, that.

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I believe the "do not reuse " applies to the test strip and not the vial. My one touch ultra strips also say on the box that the vial contains a drying agent. I can't imagine that it is toxic. Most of my meds come with a drum of desiccant in them which is silica gel and even though the label always says " do not eat" there is nothing harmful. Eating silica gel is like eating sand.

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Eating silica gel is like eating sand.
Blech. I'll just take your word on that one.

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This came from a discussion on an Astronomy forum I belong to because we use silica gel desiccant to keep our equipment dry as dampness and mold can ruin expensive stuff. The question came up " why do they always say do not eat on the label" and looking into it there is nothing that will harm you from eating it any more than eating sand unless maybe you ate a whole lot of it. But due to product liability now days they are always going to cover for any eventuality. " Caution this knife is sharp and could cut you" " Be careful with this lighter, it could burn you".

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