Do you have something to say about test strip accuracy?

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2014-04-05 07:54:36 -0500
Started 2014-03-31 12:25:51 -0500

Right now you can login to let the FDA know about your opinion about the accuracy of glucose meters and test strips. The FDA is hosting a live chat and asking for the diabetes online community to weigh in and share their opinions.

Click the link and click on the Register option at the bottom of the page.

Let's overwhelm them with how much we care about this topic and need tools that give us an accurate picture of what's going on with blood sugars.

11 replies

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-03-31 23:24:49 -0500 Report

My experience has been that there is usually 3-5% variation between individual strips. When I start a new lot, I will test the same drop of blood with both and old and new strip. I do this 3 times.

In the past, I have had a few unexpectedly low readings. When I retested, the value was double. Last year when I was hospitalized for surgery, one of the times that they tested me, the value was low. So I insisted that they test again. This time the value was more normal. You should have seen the look on their faces.

My old doctor told me not to get worried about one single value.

pandalays 2014-03-31 21:27:56 -0500 Report

My meter seems to be ok.i feel the control solution we get to see the accuracy should be in lesser quantities so that will affordable whenever needed .

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-04-01 09:15:51 -0500 Report

The control solution really is to check that the combination of the meter and the strip lot are functioning correctly. It is NOT a test of accuracy. You will note that a fairly wide range is given in order to indicate that the meter/strip combination is OK.

pandalays 2014-04-05 07:54:36 -0500 Report

I was under the
impression the known value of the control solutions gives you a correct picture of the reading .if the values are high or low you know the blood test reading is not correct.

Anonymous 2014-03-31 21:06:29 -0500 Report

I have 2 blood glucose meters & when I check my level there is never the same reading on them out of the same sample of blood . Some time I check it 2 times with each meter ! I get my new strips every month & it is always never the same !

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2014-03-31 18:01:59 -0500 Report

Yeah, sorry about the late notice. We had some miscommunication and thought that it was being held tomorrow. So, when we found out that it was starting, we scrambled and got it posted for anyone who could join in.

camerashy 2014-03-31 16:36:05 -0500 Report

I guess I'm not the only one who missed it - It also depends on where they are - If on the West Coast, I could have joined in, but they didn't provide their time zone.

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