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Old 03-24-2015, 19:04   #11
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The 81 was in the middle-my hands didn't change between taking one strip out of the machine and putting the next one in.
I'm afraid to say that we have to leave that one in the category of "one of life's unsolved mysteries". It does happen - even with the upmarket meters too.

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Patdart that is why I bought it. My new doc prescribed another meter and strips. When I went to get it at the pharmacy they wanted something like $78! Medicare paid part of it. The regular price of the strips was $280! Yikes. As I was just beginning to learn to eat to the meter I thought I might well need more than they allowed for a month. No way I could pay $280 for another package of strips. I said "That's crazy! I could buy a meter off the shelf, 200 strips and a box of lancets for a whole lot less than that.!" So I did. I was just afraid that my results were not what I thought they were if the meter was drastically unreliable and inconsistent. I guess if I get a result that seems way out of line with what I think it should be I will just do another test at that time and see if I get something nearer what I expect.

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I have two meters. They both seem reliable, but the ReliOn Confirm is the cheapest (meter and strips). My other meter is a Precision Xtra. It and the strips are pricey though. The advantage the Precision Xtra has over the ReliOn is that the strips are all encased in foil, and it tests for ketones as well as for glucose.

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Patdart that is why I bought it. My new doc prescribed another meter and strips. When I went to get it at the pharmacy they wanted something like $78! Medicare paid part of it. The regular price of the strips was $280! Yikes. As I was just beginning to learn to eat to the meter I thought I might well need more than they allowed for a month. No way I could pay $280 for another package of strips. I said "That's crazy! I could buy a meter off the shelf, 200 strips and a box of lancets for a whole lot less than that.!" So I did. I was just afraid that my results were not what I thought they were if the meter was drastically unreliable and inconsistent. I guess if I get a result that seems way out of line with what I think it should be I will just do another test at that time and see if I get something nearer what I expect.
Well Amazon is my friend. Get 250 for $38.00

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walmart has the relion prime strips 200 for $35 which was one of the reasons I chose it. The walmart near my parents' place didn't have tt size in stock but had 50s for $9, so $36 for 200 strips. When I go home I will check amazon for strips for the meter I got from the free clinic. I can't buy them locally but that would give me another reference if et squirrelly results on the relion.


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As others have said, meters are off by +/- 20%. Then there's the BG fluctuations to handle. The BG is not the same in all parts of the body. If you tested with the same finger, then that adds another problem. Some reagent can get left over on the finger & interfere with the next test.

Cost of strips (as you say) is a very important factor in the choice of meters. With a lot of testing, I was able to to determine the consistency of the error margin of my Accu-Chek Active. I have several meters but prefer this one because of the strip pricing. I found the best accuracy in meters (near lab) with the Bionime GS100. Since these strips are not easily available & expensive too, I use it only on special occasions.

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As others have said, meters are off by +/- 20%. Then there's the BG fluctuations to handle. The BG is not the same in all parts of the body. If you tested with the same finger, then that adds another problem. Some reagent can get left over on the finger & interfere with the next test.

Cost of strips (as you say) is a very important factor in the choice of meters. With a lot of testing, I was able to to determine the consistency of the error margin of my Accu-Chek Active. I have several meters but prefer this one because of the strip pricing. I found the best accuracy in meters (near lab) with the Bionime GS100. Since these strips are not easily available & expensive too, I use it only on special occasions.

No kidding.

For 10 years I used the Bayer Countour series.

All their meters seemed to match my A1c AND I had several of them and all the same.

This year, my insurance would not cover the Countour and forcied
me to the Onetouch VerioIQ

This meter is always +20 to the Countour...always. I duplicated testing as I ran down the strips.....


Now that I am solely on the VeriIQ, I subtract 15 from what it tells me.

I hate that insurance companies dictate this with management of a disease so important....

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Bionime is what the free clinic gave me and they supplied the strips as well. I just bought the lancets which are under $4 at walmart. I got to be 65 and eligible for Medicare so no longer eligible for the free clinic any more-aged out. The bionime is in Virginia and I am in Pennsylvania for awhile so it wouldn't do me any good to buy them now. I can wait for my next SSecurity deposit.

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