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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (cgm) Medtronic & Dexcom Review & Comparison

Since my first detailed report comparing the various Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMs) back in 2014, a lot has happened. And not much has changed. The systems have improved in terms of accuracy, features and ease of use, but the main players remain the same (Medtronic and Dexcom). Access via insurance coverage and professional loaner systems has grown exponentially, yet less than 20% of those eligible for CGM are currently using them. In many cases, insurers make the process of receiving coverage onerous and needlessly complex. This doesn’t even touch on Medicare, which continues to sit idly by with its head up its proverbial butt while older Americans suffer needlessly from dangerous glucose swings. New and improved software programs (plus a brilliant new book called “Practical CGM”) provide guidance on how to interpret/analyze CGM reports, yet few patients bother to look at their own data, and very few healthcare providers have the expertise to convert the reports into useful therapeutic insight to help guide their patients. So let’s get down to business. How do the latest Medtronic and Dexcom CGM systems compare? Dexcom’s latest and greatest, the G5, feature Continue reading >>

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  1. nurseangel

    I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the appropriate thread (maybe it should be in IMHO), but I am alarmed at how much medication costs when purchased at my vet's office. I first noticed a few years ago; Blackberry has a severe skin condition and we have to be diligent about keeping up with her vet care. We take her in for a shot at the first sign of a problem. I am proud about how well her skin has improved and have no complaints about that. The only thing was, the vet sold DH eight allergy pills for $12.00. We keep the exact same pills in stock at work and I know that a large bottle of them can be purchased over the counter at any local pharmacy for probably less than have what we were charged.
    Oh course, we would never give our cats medications (over the counter, home remedy, etc) without first consulting with a vet.
    Our good girl Daisy has congestive heart failure and has to take medication twice daily. It is an older medicine (also used for people, which makes it more familiar to me). The last time DH picked up a month's supply at the vet's office, it was $90.00! We checked with a local compounding pharmacy, and the pharmacist confirmed that they do carry the medicine. (I don't believe that all pharmacies are compounding pharmacies, but this one even advertises that they can fill pet prescriptions. With some liquid medications, the pharmacist told me, he can mix them up in a chicken or tuna flavor.) DH had the vet call in the prescription to the pharmacy we were thrilled that it was only $10.00 for a month's supply!
    Finding a reputable pharmacy that can fill pet prescriptions saved us significant amount on a monthly expense. I hope this can help someone else, too, if buying medication at the vet's office seems a little expensive.

  2. misterwhiskers

    Thank you. I don't think a lot of pet owners knew this!

  3. jcat

    Our vets will write a prescription rather than just selling the meds - if you ask. Ditto for prescription food. I usually ask if it's something that has to be given long term. Most pharmacies around here will order for you if they don't stock it and have it within 24 hours.

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