Generic Test strips?

Type1Lou
By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-06-25 14:31:56 -0500
Started 2014-06-24 10:45:13 -0500

Here is a link to an article discussing generic test strips.
http://www.diabetesmine.com/2014/04/here-come...

I'm in the process of preparing myself to deal with my Humana PPO about requiring that I use generic test strips…just anticipating this since my attempt to get my first test strip RX filled through Humana has been nothing but aggravation…and I've only been a member since June 1.

I thought this article informative and might consider a generic test strip
IF I were able to count on their accuracy…after all, who doesn't want to save money?…but not at the expense of our health.


7 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-06-25 14:31:56 -0500 Report

Well this could be a nice alternative to the Reli-On meter and strips for those of us who hate to give Walmart a penny. (that would be me) The idea of the all inclusive meter that is wireless and interacts with apps has to be appealing to many. Time will tell on the quality, but I bet they will be fine. Specially since they were being copied by the big companies like J&J.The big money makers are loosing the corner on the market.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-25 14:02:14 -0500 Report

If they ever had to deal with their own policies, and if theirs were exactly like us common folks instead of what they can get, they might be more sympathetic to their consumers. I hope everything works out for you. Prayers for you getting what you need that works the way it should.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-06-25 14:25:35 -0500 Report

Thanks Trudie Ann. I'm trying to be patient even though I feel my patience has truly been tried. I'll let you know how it works out…I'm cautiously optimistic.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-24 10:53:52 -0500 Report

The consumers rule of thumb is you get what you pay for.
Lou look at this site http://healthadvisor.com I got a call from them. I asked a lot of questions and they said they will advocate for you with the insurance company.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-06-24 11:19:19 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reference Joyce. I'll look into healthadvisor. I successfully take several generics medicines: lisinopril, levothyroxine and simvastatin…they work for me at a lower cost with the same effect as the pricier brand names. I am leery about test strips given the April 2014 recall of GenStrips but that doesn't mean that we'll never see a lower-cost alternative.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-24 12:55:58 -0500 Report

I agree, maybe they will get it right. I don't see why the strips cost more than anything else.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-25 13:56:43 -0500 Report

I agree too, they give you a free meter so they can make the big money on the test strips and lancets. It's like every thing else. Most companies are in it for the money, not for the people who need it.

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