Test strips

By KrisTX Latest Reply 2011-09-05 18:31:51 -0500
Started 2011-09-05 11:43:06 -0500

So I'm a bit curious about Test Strips, my doctor gave me a prescription for test strip which was called a 1 month supply (50 strips). If I am expected to test my blood at least 4 times per day for the first month, how is 50 strips a 1 month supply? Anyone else find this odd or have this happen to them? How do you Manage this issue?

6 replies

margokittycat 2011-09-05 18:31:51 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic for 20 years and do 6-8 test aday ad my doctor just did the samething. gave me 100 strips for a 30 day supply. My scrip was called into the doctor so I have to call tehm and get a new prescription that is correct and the the pharmacy will end up having to call insurance because it will same it is to soon to fill it. I hate when doctors do that as a pharmacy tech it is more of a pain for thepharmacy then the doctor and then the patient has to wait longer as well.

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lori lorchid 2011-09-05 18:22:11 -0500 Report

My Dr. did the same thing when I was a new diabetic I had to call and talk to he nurse to get the perscription changed.

tonydis 2011-09-05 14:52:01 -0500 Report

My Dr. gave me a prescription for three months for all my testing needs and I use express scripts through Blue Cross Blue Shield I pay for two months and get one free but that's only to express scripts but you need a prescription for three months supply

realsis77 2011-09-05 12:36:32 -0500 Report

Yes,make sure your rx matches the amount! This happened to me also. I am supposed to test 4 times a day and they did not give me enough so I called my doc and told him and they changed the RX to match my testing ! Thank God! But you have to always watch because this mistake seems to happen a lot??

Nonna2Three 2011-09-05 12:15:01 -0500 Report

Yeah, call your doctor and get clarification. My doctor told me to test 4 times a day to start with but inadvertently gave me a prescription that only covered 2 test per day. When I called he simply called in "modification" to the original prescription to the drug store.

Even now that he says I only need to test once a day we keep my prescription written for 3 per day to be sure I never run out.

GabbyPA 2011-09-05 11:58:04 -0500 Report

You need to talk to your doctor about changing the prescription for 100 strips a month. That is still only 3 tests a day...so you may need to talk to them about that. Often times that is all it takes. The alternative is to get a less expensive meter and strip combination that you can afford to pay out of pocket.