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Abbott’s Precision Xtra Monitor Now Being Sold As Relion Ultima At Walmart

Abbott’s Precision Xtra Monitor Now Being Sold As Relion Ultima At Walmart

I was walking through my local Walmart in Spartanburg, South Carolina recently where I ended up browsing around the pharmacy department. I’m always interested in seeing what new health gizmos and gadgets come out and then show up on store shelves for consumers to purchase. When I got close to the glucometers, I noticed their ReliOn brand of blood glucose meters had expanded into several different versions now. One in particular caught my attention because it looked very familiar–the ReliOn Ultima. To confirm my suspicions that this ReliOn Ultima was the same meter as the Precision Xtra, I bought one for $15 at Walmart along with some of their blood glucose testing strips and compared them when I got home. IT’S EXACTLY THE SAME! I took it one step further to confirm that it was the identical meter by putting one of my Precision Xtra blood ketone strips into it and it registered my results exactly the same as the Precision Xtra meter. THIS…IS…AWESOME! If you’ve read my latest book Keto Clarity, then you know measuring blood glucose and blood ketones are the most accurate way of knowing how well you are doing in your pursuit of nutritional ketosis. While this ReliOn Ultima meter available at Walmart currently only measures for blood glucose, it’s MUCH cheaper than the cost you would pay for the Precision Xtra meter and blood glucose strips online. In fact, this meter has been next to impossible to purchase in stores before now, so this is true progress in making the blood monitoring much more accessible to those who want it. Now if Walmart can get Abbott to create the ReliOn Ultima blood glucose device to sell in their stores at a cheaper price, how hard would it be for them to make the blood KETONE strips available for this monitor? And the cost of the strip Continue reading >>

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New "generic" Test Strips May Be Better Than Originals

The diabetes community has long been calling for cheaper, generic glucose test strips that would ideally work with a variety of meter brands. Dream on, right? In fact, some companies out there are making excellent headway in the "generic" category, despite being under siege by "the big guys." One of those is a small Southern California-based company called Pharma Tech Solutions that's looking to enter the market with a product it's eager to distribute called the Shasta GenStrip -- a more affordable alternative that can be used with the top-selling JnJ LifeScan meters (OneTouch and Ultra brand meters lead the U.S. market). So they're bravely going up against one of the largest players to offer users strips for roughly half the price (!), but won't we patients be compromising on quality, we wondered? What if the cheap-o strips just don't work as well? Not a problem, according to Pharma Tech Solutions and its parent company, Decision Diagnostics Corp. Marketing materials on the company website claim that Shasta GenStrips are comparable to existing OneTouch strips but are more accurate and half the cost. They are "likely to cost 50% of the branded product without sacrificing quality," the company claims. Decision Diagnostics submitted the GenStrip to the FDA for pre-market 510K approval in December 2010, and just recently on Nov. 30, 2012, received FDA notice that their strip was "substantially equivalent" to the strips already on the market and could be sold in the U.S. Not-So-Generic Terminology is important, the company's chief financial officer Keith Berman told me by phone earlier this week. "They're not 'generic,'" insists Berman. "A generic is an indication that your product is exactly the same as the one it's based off of. This isn't. It's an independently developed Continue reading >>

Glooko Launches Version 1.5 Of Its Blood Sugar Logbook App, Which Enables Support For Six New Blood Glucose Meters From Bayer Healthcare, Arkray And Walmart’s Relion® Brand

Glooko Launches Version 1.5 Of Its Blood Sugar Logbook App, Which Enables Support For Six New Blood Glucose Meters From Bayer Healthcare, Arkray And Walmart’s Relion® Brand

Glooko becomes the only product of its kind to support seventeen of the most popular blood glucose meter s for people with diabetes PALO ALTO, Calif. – September 2 8 , 2012 – Glooko, Inc. , makers of an innovative mobile solution for people to log blood sugar readings, today announces Glooko ™ Logbook 1.5 for iOS devices , with new support for six additional popular blood glucose meters. The company continues in its mission to enable easy monitoring of blood sugar readings u sing a smartphone app that works across the most popular glucose meters available today. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 18.8 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes, another seven million individuals are believed to be u ndiagnosed , and as many as 79 million are believed to have pre-diabetes. For those living with or at high risk of developing diabetes, lifestyle interventions such as improved diet, exercise and careful monitoring can alter the course of the disease for the better. It has been proven that people can gain better control of their diabetes and become better self-managers when they understand and visualize the effects of their daily activities. Keeping an accurate logbook is an essential tool to achieve this. “By adding compatibility for meters from ARKRAY and ReliOn ® and additional meters from Bayer, we continue to pursue our goal to provide a meter agnostic logbook solution for anyone with an iOS device, ” says Yogen Dalal, Chairman of Glooko. “It is gratifying when our customers tell us that Glooko Logbook has allowed them to take better control of their diabetes through better glucose and meal monitoring”. Now people with ARKRAY and ReliOn ® meters can take advantage of our simple-to-use Glooko Logbook and Glooko MeterSync Cable. Continue reading >>

Glucose Meters, Test Strips, & Monitoringsystems

Glucose Meters, Test Strips, & Monitoringsystems

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Blood Sugar Meters: Most Accurate

Blood Sugar Meters: Most Accurate

A laboratory tested 18 of the most commercially available blood sugar meters available in the US. My personal testing of some of the included meters matches the study’s… that’s a good sign. top meters tested worst meters tested The top-rated blood sugar meter is Contour Next. The only meter to have 100% accuracy, according to this study. Impressive. I have not used this particular meter, but I have used and love Contour Next EZ (it wasn’t tested). Meter accuracy can (and will) vary even among identical models. Additionally, the second component of every blood sugar test, the strips — can vary in accuracy as well. If you ever receive an unexpected blood sugar test, it’s always wise to re-test, especially if the result requires you to adjust insulin or diabetes drugs. Blood Sugar Meter Test You can read the full study “here‘. The group doing the testing, “Diabetes Technology Society”, has Big Pharma companies as sponsors… so be aware of that. However at least in ‘design’, it appears to be a well-controlled study. “This study was triple blinded. None of the people involved in conducting this study (i.e. neither investigators, laboratory staff, statistician, nor sponsor) had all the information to break the BGMS code until all results were calculated and posted. “ Over 1,000 subjects provided blood samples, and each of the 18 meters were put through three separate tests. Sadly, only 6 of the 18 passed each of the three tests, and are recommended. Links below are Amazon Affiliate links. Passed the Test: Recommended Accu-Check Aviva Plus 98% Walmart ReliOn Confirm (Micro) 97% CVS Advanced 97% FreeStyle Lite 96% Failed the Test: Not Recommended Listed in order of accuracy, from highest to lowest. Walmart ReliOn Prime 92% One Touch Verio 92% Prodig Continue reading >>

Why Do Test Strips Cost So Much? (part 2)

Why Do Test Strips Cost So Much? (part 2)

Last week I was busy being blown away by the amazing technology of glucose test strips. But back to reality. Why do these things cost so much? Why do prices vary by 600% or more? From what I can tell on Consumer Reports, customer reviews, articles like this one in Diabetes Forecast, and comments on diabetes blogs, it seems like most meters and strips have pretty similar quality. So how do you choose? Meters have a variety of features. Some have backlights, which is nice in the dark. Some speak to you, which helps people with poor vision. Some can store more results in memory. Some hook to your computer or smart phone with a cable to upload results; others connect with wireless; others don’t have that function. Some create graphs for you of various types. Meters are temperature sensitive. Some can function at higher temperatures; others can work at lower temperatures. Some burn through batteries faster than others. Some seem to need a little more blood than others to get a reading. Diabetes Forecast says meters are so similar that some people just buy the cheapest one, and it works for them. But most meters are cheap. The cost comes in the strips. So the best meter might be the one with the most affordable strips. When it comes to strip cost, the mega-retailers like Walmart, Walgreens, and Kroger have an advantage. And the quality seems comparable. One user commented that Strips for [Walmart Prime] run $9.00 per fifty, a $60 cost reduction from my Accu-Chek strips which are $69 at Costco. On a typical reading of 180 the meters will be maybe two points different. Pretty darn close. But that cost advantage only holds if you don’t have insurance. A lot of insurers will pay for Accu-Chek, OneTouch, or some more expensive strips, but won’t pay for a Walmart Prime or Wal Continue reading >>

Glooko Connects Walmart Meters To Ios Devices Now, Too

Glooko Connects Walmart Meters To Ios Devices Now, Too

Palo Alto, California-based Glooko, which offers an app and a cable that connects various blood glucose meters to the iPhone, announced an updated version of the Glooko Logbook app and support for an additional six blood glucose meters. The Glooko meter can now connect 17 different meters to iOS devices with its $40 Glooko MeterSync Cable. The newly supported meters include two new meters from Walmart: the ReliOn Confirm and ReliOn Prime. Walmart just launched the meters this past July. The stores sell the low-cost ReliOn Prime meter for $16.24 and $9 for 50-ct strips, which is about 18 cents per test. The other four meters are Bayer's Contour Next EZ, Bayer's Contour XT, Arkray Glucocard 01, and Arkray Glucocard Vital. “By adding compatibility for meters from Arkray and ReliOn and additional meters from Bayer, we continue to pursue our goal to provide a meter agnostic logbook solution for anyone with an iOS device,” Yogen Dalal, Chairman of Glooko, said in a statement. In June Glooko announced that it had launched in Europe and also told MobiHealthNews that it was mulling a transition to Bluetooth Smart since the newest iOS devices are no longer using the 30 pin connector dock that Glooko's cable leverages to connect to meters. Glooko said that future versions of the Meter Sync cable would still plug into meters but instead of plugging into the iPhone’s 30-pin connector, they might use Bluetooth Smart instead. The company is also said the company is looking at the method that mobile payments company Square uses to connect to smartphones — through the phone’s headphone jack. “There is still a certain amount of interconnect anxiety going around in the industry with the much rumored changes to the iPhone’s connector,” Dalal told MobiHealthNews in June. “ Continue reading >>

Best Blood Glucose Meters

Best Blood Glucose Meters

If you use a blood glucose meters from one of the big four meter companies to check your level four times a day, you will probably pay anywhere from $1,700 to $2,300 each year. But if instead you test with a meter and strips from one of the "big box" stores, you would be out of pocket only about $600 to $800. This is a useful bit of information from the latest Consumer Reports review of the "Best Blood Glucose Meters." The magazine rates 21 meters in a brief article of one chart and five paragraphs in less than a page in its November 2012 issue. The big box stores that sell some of the least expensive meters and test strips are Wal-Mart and Target. Wal-Mart has offered its ReliOn brand for years, but Target now offers its Up & Up brand. Still, the wide price gap may be misleading. Each of the big four – LifeScan, Roche, Bayer, and Abbott – offer programs that can provide some of us test strips for considerably less. Most people with diabetes will find the report, however brief, useful. It’s already on newsstands and, better yet, on the shelves of most libraries. What Consumer Reports says is important. Published by the nonprofit Consumers Union and containing no ads, this is one of our largest circulation magazines. Two years ago it had a circulation of 7.3 million copies, according to a review of the magazine in The Wall Street Journal. The magazine regularly reviews these meters, the most important tool that we have for managing our blood sugar. Four years ago I wrote here about its review of 13 meters from eight different manufacturers. Other magazines also review our meters, notably Diabetes Forecast. Their review this past January provides some useful information, but it makes a point of noting that, "Diabetes Forecast doesn’t test or recommend products." M Continue reading >>

Relion Ultima Blood Glucose Meter Review

Relion Ultima Blood Glucose Meter Review

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current Glucometer Reviews here. The ReliOn Ultima blood glucose meter is a low-cost alternative for people who need to check their blood sugar levels on a regular basis. It's compact, fast and affordable, and it doesn't require complicated coding when using its branded glucose testing strips. The ReliOn Ultima blood glucose meter uses low-cost diabetic testing supplies that make it a good choice if you are uninsured, under-insured or on a limited budget. The glucometer comes with a lancing device and a small batch of lancets, and the unit's required test strips are very affordable. This glucose meter is for sale exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club stores. Speed, accuracy and ease of use are all hallmarks of the ReliOn Ultima blood glucose meter. It comes with a comprehensive user manual, and it only takes a few steps to set it up for your first test. It can read glucose levels between 20 and 600 mg/dL, and it only takes five seconds or less to process blood test results and display them on the oversize display screen. Built-in memory is capable of storing up to 450 test results. This blood sugar monitor allows alternate site testing on the fingertips, forearm, thumb base or upper arm; although, the manufacturer recommends using blood only from the fingertip if you suffer from hypoglycemia or suspect that your blood sugars may be running low. To make testing more comfortable, the ReliOn Ultima blood glucose meter requires a blood sample size of only 0.6 microliters to get accurate results. The compact size of the ReliOn Ultima blood glucose meter also makes it an attractive option. The glucometer m Continue reading >>

What’s Happening With Meter Accuracy?

What’s Happening With Meter Accuracy?

Recent changes in Medicare regulations for suppliers of diabetes meters and strips have accelerated the concern of diabetes technology leaders that current testing controls are inadequate to insure blood glucose meter accuracy post market sale. This comes amid the heightened awareness in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the need to strengthen the overall accuracy guidelines for these devices. Medicare’s competitive bidding rules have recently reduced the number of approved mail-order supply houses to just 18. These suppliers have to meet the cost containment rules issues by Medicare. To do this they have chosen two strategies: one to streamline the extent of their stock and the other to choose meters that are at the best price point. The overall outcome of these policies is that many older people with diabetes are being switched from name-brand meters to those of less cost and possibly lesser quality. An industry funded study reported in the Journal of Diabetes Science Technology in 2013 looked at the post market performance of seven different meter systems. Roche compared its own meter, the Accu-Chek Aviva Plus, to a series of non-brand name meters, Redi-Code, Element, Prodigy Voice, and TRUEbalance. Only three of the meters, including the Accu-Chek, met the FDA’s approval criteria. Currently once a meter passes FDA requirements there isn’t any legislation governing post-market testing. People with diabetes depend on the accuracy of testing results to guide treatment options. Falsely elevated or depressed readings can lead to inappropriate actions on the user’s behalf. For example if the meter indicates a low reading when the blood glucose is within the normal range, inappropriate intake of unneeded carbohydrates can spike the glucose level unnecessari Continue reading >>

Wal-mart Relion Meter Available In Canada?

Wal-mart Relion Meter Available In Canada?

Wal-Mart ReliOn meter available in Canada? Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Wal-Mart ReliOn meter available in Canada? As the topic says, I'm wondering if the cheap ReliOn meter Wal-Mart sells in the States is available in Canada. Dunno about on site, but it's available online . . . Walmart.com: ReliOn Ultima Blood Glucose Monitor: Health Care Products Wal-Mart actually has a separate Canadian site that is pretty limited (no online shopping, not much listed). I'm away from home right now, so I guess I'll just go check in person when I get back. I asked them, about a year ago, apparently to sell it in Canada, it has to be approved in Canada and it's not, so thats why. I also checked the US online site and it will not sell to anyone outside the US. Is there any other inexpensive system I could use for occasional testing? Basically, something where I don't have to spend $100 on test strips up front. The Sidekick disposable is the only other cheap system I can find in Canada. Is there any other inexpensive system I could use for occasional testing? Basically, something where I don't have to spend $100 on test strips up front. The Sidekick disposable is the only other cheap system I can find in Canada. I have not heard of the Sidekick disposable system or any other cheap options in Canada, strips for the others all cost around $80-90 /100, what does the Sidekick cost? Of course, you can always get a free meter if you buy 100 strips, but the cost of the strips is the important thing. I ended up with a One Touch and the strips for that are about $80 /100. Continue reading >>

Best Cheap Blood Glucose Meters

Best Cheap Blood Glucose Meters

Cheap blood glucose meters are still accurate and consistent It may be tempting to judge a blood glucose meter solely by its initial cost. But given that someone testing their glucose levels four times a day can blow through more than 100 test strips in a month, a glucose meter's true cost is best measured by how much you spend on test strips over time. In fact, some major manufacturers give away their meters for free because they recoup their losses on sales of test strips. Still, the meters with the lowest yearly operating cost also tend to cost very little themselves. Take our best-reviewed cheap glucose meter, the Bayer Contour Next (Est. $15). It's one of the few truly inexpensive meters that not only makes it into clinical trials but also excels: In a study published in 2014 in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, researchers found that the Bayer Contour Next outperformed a professional glucose monitor designed for point-of-care testing. This small, inexpensive glucose meter also receives Excellent scores for accuracy from a leading consumer research organization, alongside Very Good scores for repeatability and convenience. User reviews on the Bayer Contour Next tend to be very short and to the point; at this price, users just want a blood glucose meter that does its job. But they also love not having to code the meter when they open a new vial of test strips, being able to collect blood from almost any angle, and having the option to add more blood to the test strip if there wasn't enough the first time. The Bayer Contour Next requires a 0.6 microliter blood sample and allows you to use your palm as an alternate testing site. Other popular features -- and unusual finds on a glucose meter in this price range -- include the ability to add notes to store Continue reading >>

Are Blood Glucose Meters Accurate? New Data On 18 Meters

Are Blood Glucose Meters Accurate? New Data On 18 Meters

Results from the Diabetes Technology Society’s Blood Glucose Meter Surveillance Program identifies only six out of 18 meters that passed. Did yours make the cut? The Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) recently revealed long-awaited results from its Blood Glucose Monitor System (BGMS) Surveillance Program. The rigorous study tested the accuracy of 18 popular blood glucose meters (BGM) used in the US. These FDA-cleared meters were purchased through retail outlets and tested rigorously at three study sites in over 1,000 people (including 840 people with diabetes). The results were troubling: only six out of the 18 devices met the DTS passing standard for meter accuracy – within 15% or 15 mg/dl of the laboratory value in over 95% of trials. The devices that passed were: Contour Next from Ascensia (formerly Bayer) – 100% Accu-Chek Aviva Plus from Roche – 98% Walmart ReliOn Confirm (Micro) from Arkray – 97% CVS Advanced from Agamatrix – 97% FreeStyle Lite from Abbott – 96% Accu-Chek SmartView from Roche – 95% The devices that failed were: Walmart ReliOn Prime from Arkray – 92% OneTouch Verio from LifeScan – 92% OneTouch Ultra 2 from LifeScan – 90% Walmart ReliOn Ultima from Abbott – 89% Embrace from Omnis Health – 88% True Result from HDI/Nipro (Trividia) – 88% True Track from HDI/Nipro (Trividia) – 81% Solus V2 from BioSense Medical – 76% Advocate Redi-Code+ from Diabetic Supply of Suncoast – 76% Gmate Smart from Philosys – 71% Get the full data and all the accuracy information here. While all of these meters received FDA clearance at some point, this study shows that not all are equivalent in terms of accuracy. The FDA looks at company-reported trials when it reviews new meters; this study took an independent look, purchasing the meters di Continue reading >>

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

With countless blood glucose meters on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Do you choose the most expensive one; it must work the best if it costs the most, right? Or are you a techie looking for a Bluetooth meter that syncs to your smartphone? Perhaps, you’re concerned with the cost and you’re looking for the most affordable meter. Top 10 Glucose Meters We’ve taken the time to test the ten most popular blood glucose meters. Take a look to find the meter that’s the best fit for you. Winner and our favorite meter is One Touch Ultra 2. OneTouch Ultra 2 Accu-Chek Aviva Connect Walmart ReliON Confirm OneTouch Verio Abbott FreeStyle Lite Walgreens True2Go Contour Next EZ Livongo Health In Touch Meter Nova Max Plus Sanofi iBGStar Our Pick After a careful review of the top glucose meters on the market, our #1 recommendation is the One Touch Ultra 2. It’s simply one of the best in terms of functionality and price. Click here to learn more. (Helpful Tip: Although you can get one from your local pharmacy, you’ll find it cheaper on Amazon. Click here to get yours.) Accu-Chek Aviva Connect The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from the Bluetooth connection that syncs to the user’s smartphone. The Connect utilizes an app to keep track of both short-term and long-term readings on a person’s smartphone. The user can also view their trends via bar graphs and maps on the app. The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect will cost you $29.99 and $1.75 for a single test strip. One con to this meter is that the test strips are one of the highest priced strips on the market. However, they are readily available in almost all drug stores and pharmacies. Accu-Chek also offers a supplemental program called Preferred Savings which can reduce most test-strip co-pays to $15-$45. Ot Continue reading >>

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