Blood glucose machine

By Gwen214 Latest Reply 2013-03-13 14:19:41 -0500
Started 2013-03-10 21:02:51 -0500

I received my new blood glucose machine, suggested by Medtronic. It's replacing the oNe touch meters which use to interphase with the Medtronic insulin pumps. I'm curious if anyone is using the Bayer Contour next link blood sugar machine. Do you like it? There's no coding and batteries are not needed. I actually have not used it yet, but wanted to get feedback from other users who are already using it.

Tags: hardware

20 replies

sandyfrazzini 2013-03-12 14:19:19 -0500 Report

I started using my new contour next link meter in January and I really love it.
The meter is smaller and easier to carry around with me. The numbers are so much easier to read. I think one of my favorite things about it is that the test strips are a little bigger than the Ultralink meter and for someone with rheumatoid arthritis like me the strips are much easier to handle.

Type1Lou 2013-03-12 12:06:49 -0500 Report

I received the same notice from Medtronic but opted not to get the Bayer meter because the test strips for it would cost me significantly more through my insurer, ExpressScripts. Until the price is closer to the One Touch strips, I'll stay with the One Touch UltraLink meter which also easily interfaces with Carelink.

Gwen214 2013-03-12 23:21:32 -0500 Report

It was the opposite for me, the Countor strips are cheaper than OneTouch. So, I accepted it. Yes… Definitly that would of been a determining factor.

manapua72 2013-03-12 21:04:17 -0500 Report

I'm not sure if u read all the replies here but Bayer will give you a prescription card that will cover your cost if you pay more than $15 for your prescription … For example @ my pharmacy I'm charged $16.65 with card I pay &15.00 after you pay the first $15 they will cover the rest up to $35.00 …

Type1Lou 2013-03-13 14:19:41 -0500 Report

I test 7 to 8 times per day and my RX plan covers a 90-day mail-order supply. That means I buy 7 boxes of 100 each every 90 days through Express Scripts with a co-pay of $140.36. When I first got the notice from Medtronic, I checked the Express Scripts pricing and my co-pay for 7 boxes of the Contour strips was $246.72. But, I will have to investigate the Bayer offer since I'm obviously paying over $15…I may have discounted it too soon. Thanks for the heads-up!

jessicatype1hawaii 2013-03-11 22:49:05 -0500 Report

I use the Bayer contour next link meter and I absolutely love it compared to the various meters I have used in the past. I enjoy being able to use the care link software with Medtronic. The graphs available with uploading my meter are great for myself and my doctors. Best meter I've used thus far!!

Peterdean 2013-03-11 17:34:03 -0500 Report

I just got 1 about a week ago, so far I like it better than the one touch. And the strips seem to better a little cheaper

bemidjisingle 2013-03-11 12:22:50 -0500 Report

you will have to ask your doctor about that one

Gwen214 2013-03-11 12:27:45 -0500 Report

My doctor didn't prescribe the machine. Medtronic offered to give a free one because the switch out from One Touch to Contour. I wanted to get opinions from other contour users.. But thanks for taking time to respond. I may be should just read the manual.

manapua72 2013-03-11 10:47:37 -0500 Report

When I got my back up meter , with it was a prescription savings card from Bayor . With it I pay my copay if that's over $15 dollars they pay the difference up to $35 you can get this card of the Internet too … Only saves me $1.65 since I pick up my strips for $16.65 but it might help someone else to know this …

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type1's mom 2013-03-11 07:45:50 -0500 Report

The meter is easy to read, links to pump wirelessly, small sample, 2nd chance if under filled. My pharmacy said the "ContourNext" strips cost them the same as the freestyle lite, but for some reason my insurance didn't cover the new strips so they bill for the freestyle still but give me the Next strips :) guess I have a awesome pharmacy :)

JSJB 2013-03-11 04:47:22 -0500 Report

I was using the Bayer Contour since being diagnosed in Sept 2011. My readings started off at 185 and in the year+ I got them down to 100. Because of the cost of the strips even with insurance I decided to purchase a RELI ON from WalMart. I did like using the Bayer Contour. A week of testing with RELI On has my BG tests 135-146. Thinking of going back to Bayer. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this when changing meters.

manapua72 2013-03-11 01:27:03 -0500 Report

Been using it for a little over a month … I like that your blood sample doesn't have to be large . The best part for me is if u under fill the strip it will tell u and if add more blood it will test and give u your reading … With one touch if I under filled strip I would get error on meter and have to use new strip .,..

Pynetree 2013-03-12 12:18:28 -0500 Report

I would like that feature too. Some times my right hand is tough to get a full drop from, leading to a wasted co$tly strip.

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