Test strips experation date.

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2011-05-04 22:12:34 -0500
Started 2011-05-02 11:00:38 -0500

Purchased a real deal. Test strips were on sale 75% off. Expiration date 4/11. How long will they be able to read after exp date? I still have to wait to hear from Medicare about my regular supplies they pay for.

5 replies

Tigereyze209 2011-05-04 22:12:34 -0500 Report

Someone mentioned that they still work after the expiration date, and my own opinion is that while they will become less accurate, they will still "work", so long as you keep in mind to use them as a guide, not gospel. mind you, one can always check one with the control solution, and adjust how you read the results accordingly. But still, they will fail fast after you open the container, and if they are already stale, will expire even faster.
Hope that helps.

Hopieland 2011-05-02 12:10:52 -0500 Report

Hi. You can call the manufacturer of your meter (phone # on the back of the meter) and tell them you are out of test strips. Most mfgrs will send you at least 10 strips free of charge. If they offer you 10 strips, tell them when you think you'll be able to purchase more on your own. They may send you more than 10…at least that's what Accu-chek did for me. Most meter manufacturers know the value of good customer relations, so give it a shot.

kdroberts 2011-05-02 11:14:52 -0500 Report

It depends. Some strips are coded and won't work at all after they expire. Ones that do will probably be OK for a few days but after that you can't really rely on them to be accurate. It also depends hugely on how they were stored, they could potentially be bad long before the expiration if not stored right.

Hopieland 2011-05-02 12:07:01 -0500 Report

I use Accu-check and they are dead the day after expiration date. I store mine in a cook kitchen cabinet. Is that a good place?

Harlen 2011-05-02 19:28:43 -0500 Report

A cool dry place is best
I have used them up to 3 months after exiration date
Best wishes

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