How can we get the word out to other diabetics??

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-06-30 14:48:51 -0500
Started 2011-06-29 11:42:15 -0500

Does anyone have suggestions how to let the general diabetic community become aware that companies give out free meters? The companies make their money on the strips, and lancets, which do not come with the meters.

So many people have asked for the meters and I really feel that no diabetic should be without a meter.

What can we do???

13 replies

Roy531 2011-06-30 14:48:51 -0500 Report

I had extra meter with test strips and lancets and tried to donate once and they would take the meter but not the strips and lancet, couldn't figure that one out. I didn't have a need for the strips and lancets if they took the meter

MAYS 2011-06-30 14:40:57 -0500 Report

I have always believed in being direct concerning communicating.
I called, and wrote to the meter manufacturers when I needed a meter.
As far as the general public is concerned posters, postings on line, catchy little signs with the word "FREE" always does the job!

One of my most successful post here was about free blood glucose meters.
I don't have any statistics to prove it but I can assure you that Bayer received many request for free Contour meters afterI posted the link here on this site.
(The link is now inactive)
I also did it for OneTouch meters.


Sidehack 2011-06-30 07:50:21 -0500 Report

Go to the drug store and price the test strips; then write or call the company and ask for a meter. You might first do a little research to check on the reliability of a meter, plus, minus variances.

lmkilday 2011-06-30 00:42:47 -0500 Report

Ask the American Diabetes Association include a list of companies providing free meters. Diabetics can also notify their doctor's office of sources of free meters so they can pass along the info to their other patients. I got mine from the Freestyle Lite Promise Program which also gave me a discount card for my meter striips.

Cheryl*G 2011-06-29 23:08:57 -0500 Report

Teresa Rose try this number 1-888-482-3911 the place is called Foundationdiabetic they help with free supplies. Also you can contact by emailing hope they can help you.

ochibeachgirl 2011-06-29 13:16:44 -0500 Report

there are a few sites that give meters, but they only give 10 strips and 10 lancets. the challenge is then to find cheap supplies to go with the meter!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-29 13:06:57 -0500 Report

Hello! I am a diabetic without a meter!!! Not anymore, because friends that I have on here have stepped forward to help me and offered meters and strips and lancets they had. Thank you to those who have offered and helped me!!! The problem for me is that I don't have insurance so whenever I call to get a free meter and they ask for my insurance company I & tell them that I don't have insurance they tell me they can't help me unless I have insurance. Then there are other companies that will send a meter but you can't get free test strips & lancets so what's the use in getting a free meter that you can't use. Because of my dilema I have decided to start a drive in my area for diabetic supplies & meters. I am going to try and get people in my area who have extra meters, lancets, test strips to donate them and then I am going to have one of our local healthcare facilities distribute them to those in need of them. I am going to try and place donation boxes at the local pharmacy's like CVS & Walmart.

JoleneAL 2011-06-29 12:53:08 -0500 Report

I never got mine for free; had to pay for the piece of crap. I finally bought a new one after much research, never learned I could have gone to the company and gotten one free. My strips are $72 for 50, $109 for 100.

majikinfl 2011-06-29 12:41:46 -0500 Report

most drug stores, walmart and I am sure others…have a meter for close to $12+/- a couple dollars, Strips are all pretty high. I recently got a new meter from my insurance co. on the open market the meter cost from $10 to 30 dollars…strips are $18 for 50. It is the True-result, uses a tiny amount of blood, comes with a case, lancet holder and log book as well as alternative site adapter. I found this website they have strips at reduced prices…not cheap but 1/2 or less of the cheapest ones I found in my area of Florida. Be careful if ordering as often times the strips are close to expiration…so careful with the quantity you order. This site has no shipping charges. They have a lot of things for home use. Same things go with "free" sources like local ADA, clinics…they often get supplies that are nearing expiration date. I also read recently that reuse of lancets [your own] is ok. Online searches can reveal many savings places to go…all to often the shipping charge is more than the product. I agree about companies making their money from the strips…specifically the new ones coming out…strips can be up over $65 for 50. Insurances only want to pay for 3 strips a day…even the ADA thinks we should test more than that, specially if on Insulin or newly diagnosed, brittle or out of control. WHO indeed will help those who have trouble getting and keeping a steady supply of items needed to keep control of your blood sugar.

helen7898 2011-06-29 12:05:05 -0500 Report

They give out free meters, yes, but how much are their strips. I got a free meter ,but my strips cost me 50 for 35.00. I can't afford trhis along with my other m,eds I take.

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-06-29 11:55:40 -0500 Report

Great idea, I agree with you in the short time I've been here I can not believe the number of diabetics without meters. Maybe someone could make a video with the information????

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