Please, Don't OneTouch Me There...

By luked Latest Reply 2013-02-01 17:30:26 -0600
Started 2013-01-26 16:58:41 -0600

Please, Don't OneTouch Me There…

Don't just be sure. Be DoubleSure! That's the catch phrase of OneTouch's new campaign of DoubleSure Technology. DoubleSure Technology automatically checks each blood sample twice.

I saw this as a TV advertisement this afternoon which gave me pause to think; what exactly does that mean? As a disclaimer here…it's the weekend and I'm in the middle of my Jack Daniel's and beef jerky weight-loss program…so take that into consideration before we move forward.

It's a short commercial, concise and to the point. They're selling what seems to be a NEW technology here…but I'm a bit skeptical…so I went to their website to see if they explain how exactly this is done. They don't. So, we can only guess. We, as diabetics, it seems, are always on a quest for a better anything…and rightly so. This is a take-no-prisoners-micromanaged-day-at-a-time disease and anything new on the market that can help us…we jump on it like a bum on a bologna sandwich.

My first thoughts while watching the commercial were, 'Yeah, there are times when I have to use 2 test strips to verify my findings'. Were the test strips easily affordable…that wouldn't be a problem. They're not, they're ridiculously expensive for their 'old' technology…and restrictive in numbers on almost any insurance program. The message, it seems, that OneTouch is sending, in my opinion, is…'you no longer have to test twice to verify your reading…we're gonna do it for you with just one strip'. Really? Let's look into that…and ask a few questions:

1. When the meter tests the strip 'twice' does it average out the two?
2. If the meter does average out the two…does it round up, or down?
3. Does it choose the lower of the two readings…or the higher?
4. If the meter reads too low or high…then too low or high again…what's the point of reading it twice?

I think what we'd all like to see is a glucometer that comes a little closer than a 20% acceptable variance. This meter does not do that. In my opinion it want's you to believe that this technology is a step up in meter accuracy. I don't believe it is. I think it's just another new sales campaign gimmick…and as an informed diabetic…it insults my intelligence.


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23 replies

diabetesfree 2013-01-28 05:00:05 -0600 Report

You can "double check" you blood glucose by simply looking at the reading, waiting 5 seconds, then read it again. Just in case your eyes were out of focus the first time! :-)

shortysmalls 2013-01-27 23:53:21 -0600 Report

I have used a one touch since being diagnosed in 2005. But since cost of strips with my insurance is 30.00 per 50/100 strips, I now use a relion meter where the strips are 9.00 without insurance. I also get an associate discount since I work for Walmart which helps. It for 50 strips but its a preference thing. You dont necessiarly need to use the new meter if happy with the one you have.

CJ55 2013-01-27 22:32:25 -0600 Report

I have been using one touch ultra since I was diagnosed 7 1/2 yrs ago. With my insurance I pay 35.00 for 1 box or 35.00 for 8 boxes. It doesnt matter the quantity. My order is usually 8-9 boxes of 100 strips each box for 3 month supply for 35.00. I have never had any problems with my BG Meter. I now use one touch ultra mini and it cost me 9.99 at walgreens without using my insurance.

old biker
old biker 2013-01-27 08:04:07 -0600 Report

If you notice all these companies will give you a free meter if you are diabetic or if you are a care giver to a diabetic..All they want is your test strip money and some test strips can be right pricey..I don't worry about variance with meters there are a number of factors that can cause the reading to be a little off..thats why it's so important to keep a blood sugar log, that tells me everything…

manapua72 2013-01-26 23:00:19 -0600 Report

Yeah old news … I used one touch for about 10 years … They had the double test thing for years .,… I use Bayer meter & strips now … My Bayer meter communicates with my Medtronic pump …

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-01-28 11:31:36 -0600 Report

which bayer meter do you use that communicates with your pump? and which pump do you use? I had to switch from one touch which did communicate with my pump to bayer because of insurance. So I am curious.

type1's mom
type1's mom 2013-02-01 17:30:26 -0600 Report

I realized u weren't speaking to me but… Our Bayer USB glucometer communicates through Bluetooth with our Medtronic revel pump

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-26 19:59:18 -0600 Report

I saw that. All they did was tweet an older commercial. Keep in mind, just because something is new doesn't mean you have to have it.

jayabee52 2013-01-26 17:22:19 -0600 Report

As I tell my friend whenever he belches "better out than in" LoL!

Actually the AD campaign is new, the meter technology is not. I stopped using one touch in 2011 because of the expense of their strips. Before that I had been using a walgreens true track meter because the strips cost less.

The One Touch double test technology has been in use ever since 2009, I believe, so it is not new. You're right it seems to me that it is a sales gimmick.

Enjoy your "Jack"

Outreach Mountain
Outreach Mountain 2013-01-26 22:47:28 -0600 Report

I have a Leader Trueresult meter from my drug store free is that what you have jayabee52?? The strips are onlylike $25.00 mth but it's a spare one to carry around I use Freestyle lite meter at home. I don't truly know which ones right cause they give different readings and I'm not sure what meter is right but my insurance pays for my Freestyle lite strips and I have to buy the other ones when I need them. Are we aloud to ask what meters are the best meter for accurant readings on this site??

jayabee52 2013-01-26 23:10:24 -0600 Report

Mine is True Track manufactured by Nipro diagnostics. I bought it for $19. the strips are about $0.50 per piece when I buy them retail from Walgreens, but I found a deal from American diabetes Warehouse where they were $0.25 per test and got free shipping and no sales tax.

gbc43 2013-01-28 05:44:35 -0600 Report

I do a lot of searches on meters and it go to where the say you have to switch to our Co. to get the free meter. With the BCBS and UAW medical they are tring to cut out the secondary Co. that provide that service . I was using CVS for my suppler but now have had to switch to medco/ scripts and its a joke. I had medco before and had so many problems I went to CVS. Now I have to pay more to use CVS now.

alanbossman 2013-01-30 15:56:27 -0600 Report

I to have BCBS and UAW medical trust but I get my strips through J&B medical supply and they ship it to my home no cost

gbc43 2013-01-30 17:15:44 -0600 Report

Me too but you see what they are costing the system . $50.00 a box where walmart are $9.00 a box .

alanbossman 2013-01-31 07:21:45 -0600 Report

I know but its the same everywhere you go if you need medical care it costs more when you have insurance and leaving on a fixed income does not help

alanbossman 2013-02-01 05:40:59 -0600 Report

Boy you are not kidding my office copay is now 35 dollars a vist plus meds are up also and my insulin is now 65 dollars every 3 months

John Crowley
John Crowley 2013-02-01 11:29:34 -0600 Report

On a previous insurance plan I was on, we had to pay 35% of the cost of insulin for a 3 month supply, that came out to over $300 every 3 months. So glad to be on a better plan now.

alanbossman 2013-02-01 17:09:52 -0600 Report

Yes some plans are better but when you are on a fixed income and no income adjustments its hard when meds go up in price and gasoline is high and all your gas and elect. and water keep gong up and income stays the same it does become harder to pay everything on time

jayabee52 2013-01-28 22:25:33 -0600 Report

I didn't ask ADW for a new meter. I used my own Truetrack from Walgreens. They sent me a case of truetrack strips because I ordered them from ADW.

I am perfectly aware of the games the meter and strips manufacturers play, and I don't "play" that game!

HeidiLynne 2013-01-28 12:46:35 -0600 Report

I have been using my Free Contour USB meter, which I just love! and bought
my strips at Total Diabetic Supply @ 50 strips for $24.00! The meter uses the
regular contour strips too. I went online to get the freebie @ BayerContour.con
or you can call 1-866-642-9282 for details.

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