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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.:mad:
 

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

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! :mad:

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!:D
 

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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.
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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.
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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! :high5:
 

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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.:mad:
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.:mad:
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.

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?! :eek:
 

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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*

Welcome to the forum, by the way! Nice meeting you!
 
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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. :D

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

Inquiring minds want to know?

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

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

Inquiring minds want to know?

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Control solutions are really only good 90 days once they are opened. Look on your bottle...the expiration date says "unopened expiration date". Somewhere on the bottle it should say its good for three months once opened.
 

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

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

Inquiring minds want to know?

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I am sorry, re-read the instructions, the bottle does have an expiration date of 2011 but says its good for 90 days after the bottle has been opened.
 
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Bottle Label Says..

Control solutions are really only good 90 days once they are opened. Look on your bottle...the expiration date says "unopened expiration date". Somewhere on the bottle it should say its good for three months once opened.
Here's the following information that's written on the bottle label, ie:

Bayer Breeze2 Control Solution

Normal

For in vitro diagnostic use

1489A
81007188

1489AB
81007226

2.5ml

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Made in U.S.A. LBL6360

Mfg. for: R03/08

Bayer HealthCare LLC

Mishawaka, IN 46544

LOT: 9S2D08

EXP: 2011-07

The small plastic bottle is white in color and has the number 58 on the bottom. It also has a blue plastic cap.

As I said previously.. the only indication I can find as to expiration date is what I wrote above.

I just looked in the 104 page user guide and on page #48 it states the following, ie:

Replacement Products

Number Product Name
1489A Breeze2 Normal Control Solution
1490A Breeze2 Low Control Solution
1491A Breeze2 High Control Solution

In addition, pages #22 through #25 instructs one on how to run a control test using the supplied "Control Solution". Nowhere in the instruction manual does is state or say anything about the control solution being only good for 90 days.. if opened or otherwise.

I guess I'll contact Bayer to see what they say about it.. and then let y'all know of their reply.

Thanks "onaughmae" for your reply to my post.

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Yes, I would check. Any control solution I have ever used was good for 90 days once opened. Even for the glucometers we use at work. Everytime we open one we write the date on the bottle that it will expire 90 days from then. I do the same for mine at home. Mine at home is by One Touch...the ones we use at work are Accucheck. I cant see why it wouldnt be the same for all brands though.
 

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Here's the following information that's written on the bottle label, ie:

Bayer Breeze2 Control Solution

Normal

For in vitro diagnostic use

1489A
81007188

1489AB
81007226

2.5ml

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Made in U.S.A. LBL6360

Mfg. for: R03/08

Bayer HealthCare LLC

Mishawaka, IN 46544

LOT: 9S2D08

EXP: 2011-07

The small plastic bottle is white in color and has the number 58 on the bottom. It also has a blue plastic cap.

As I said previously.. the only indication I can find as to expiration date is what I wrote above.

I just looked in the 104 page user guide and on page #48 it states the following, ie:

Replacement Products

Number Product Name
1489A Breeze2 Normal Control Solution
1490A Breeze2 Low Control Solution
1491A Breeze2 High Control Solution

In addition, pages #22 through #25 instructs one on how to run a control test using the supplied "Control Solution". Nowhere in the instruction manual does is state or say anything about the control solution being only good for 90 days.. if opened or otherwise.

I guess I'll contact Bayer to see what they say about it.. and then let y'all know of their reply.

Thanks "onaughmae" for your reply to my post.

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I am currently using the Bayer Breeze 2 meter and the information that you provided on the meter is correct. There is nothing on the bottle of control solution stating that it expires 90 days from date opened, they provide a small line to write on the date opened. The instruction book does not provide any information about the control solution expiring 90 days after opening. Pages 22 & 23 of the instruction book only explains how to run a control solution test. All of the control solutions that I have used do expire 90 days after it is opened. I guess that some manufacturer's think that everyone knows this information. Please let us know what Bayer has to say, I am interested. I always have to keep extra control solution on hand because it only lasts 90 days. I have never known a person who used the entire bottle of control solution. I do a control solution test when I open a new box of test strips but not for each disk, kind of a waste. But what can you do? :)
 

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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.



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.
On second thought, I just ordered control solution for my aviva. 12.00 every 3 months isn't bad to be more safe than sorry. Actually, for 12.00 I am getting 2 vials (level 1 and 2) which is like 6 months worth unless I open and use both vials. Wonder why they have the different levels?
 

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On second thought, I just ordered control solution for my aviva. 12.00 every 3 months isn't bad to be more safe than sorry. Actually, for 12.00 I am getting 2 vials (level 1 and 2) which is like 6 months worth unless I open and use both vials. Wonder why they have the different levels?
The different levels was a mystery to me for a few months. Then I found out that the levels are good if your test readings fall within a certain range most of the time.There is more glucose concentration in each level of control solution. For most diabetics this is not always predictable, since you may get a reading that falls out of your usual range. Just a reminder, if you buy the low level control solution, make sure that you follow the control level range for low level. I usually buy the normal range since most of my readings are within the normal range. And you are right, $6.00 every 3 months is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
 

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Happy to say my control solutions came in the mail today and the control test passed :)
 
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I don't think Bayer sells direct to consumers. You can ask your pharmacy if they stock it, or they can order it; Amazon.com sells it and I wouldn't be surprised if you could buy it on eBay. If you do buy it online make sure they include when it expires.
 
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