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meurtelken 03-20-2009 12:32

strips expired
 
Hi,


I need some advice. While cleaning out my closet, I found 4 boxes of strips by Menarini, for the Glucocard X-sensor. Their expire date is 2009-04, which is closeby. What do you think? Is it justified to continue using these strips, even after they have expired? Or should I trash them anyway?

Richard157 03-20-2009 15:36

Hello there, how is my friend from Belgium? I don't understand your expiration date "200-04". Did you mean 2009-04? I have never used strips that were close to expiration but if I did I think I would buy one new of strips and compare the test results of the new and old strips. If the results were not significantly different then I would use the old strips and make additional comparisons once each day. I hope you are doing well.

Richard

meurtelken 03-20-2009 22:30

Thanks Richard, that's a good tip!
And I did forget the '9' in 2009, my mistake. I'm too fast a typist for my own good lol

rubystar2 03-21-2009 04:19

I would say they are fine and I would use them first until they are gone. Even if you go beyond April 2009 for a while, I'm sure you'll be okay.

meurtelken 03-21-2009 09:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by rubystar2 (Post 3913)
I would say they are fine and I would use them first until they are gone. Even if you go beyond April 2009 for a while, I'm sure you'll be okay.

I think that's a good idea. I have put my new meter and strips aside and I will use these first and see what happens. Thx

rubystar2 03-21-2009 09:43

I have used strips that were about 3 months expired and had no problem. But I do not dose insulin from my glucose levels. I never got a reading I thought was out of line for what I ate.

krishanlalgupta 03-23-2009 07:08

Hi

Thetesting strips are to be stored in proper temperatures and environment,
othewise their use is not recommended.The use of near expiry strips found in your closet accidently,is to be avoided,I think,as these were not properly stored.

Bye

Bye

meurtelken 03-23-2009 11:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by krishanlalgupta (Post 3936)
Hi

Thetesting strips are to be stored in proper temperatures and environment,
othewise their use is not recommended.The use of near expiry strips found in your closet accidently,is to be avoided,I think,as these were not properly stored.

Bye

Bye

Hi,

the strips were still in their original box and well packed. I keep them in the same place all the time, but they were in the back of the closet and out of my sight.

psdaengr 03-30-2009 22:21

Why guess?

Do what you are supposed to do with anmy new box of strips - run a control solution test. If it comes out OK, use the striops. If you are doubtful, run back to back test with a "good" strip and one from the batch about to expire.

meurtelken 03-30-2009 23:08

Quote:

Originally Posted by psdaengr (Post 4034)
Why guess?

Do what you are supposed to do with anmy new box of strips - run a control solution test. If it comes out OK, use the striops. If you are doubtful, run back to back test with a "good" strip and one from the batch about to expire.

a control solution test appears to be as expensive as a new box of strips :eek:


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