test strips are a scam

By testalot Latest Reply 2014-08-20 15:50:04 -0500
Started 2014-08-16 20:58:12 -0500

I am sick of being poor, and paying out the wazoo for diabetic supplies. These companies prey on us because we have NO choice but to fork out the bucks. Its either that or die. I test often out of necessity and pay for strips that must be made of gold and diamond dust… How else can you explain paying 85$ for a product that costs 3$ to manufacture. Recently I had a discussion with a friend who works R&D for an electronics manufacturer and he was dumbfounded by the fact there wasn't a reusable strip. In-fact he went so far as to say that it would be relatively easy for one to be made and should have been made long ago. He relented to the notion that it was quite simply a matter of major money, or more to the point the amount of money they would loose out on by releasing a reusable strip. At any rate it made him sick. He has taken up a sort of challenge from me and has agreed to try and develop a strip that can be reused. I gave him on of my meter's to "tinker" with. His idea is to come up with a tip that he'll calibrate against the disposable ones until the results are the same. H'es a pretty brilliant guy so I have more than a little faith in him. Who knows? anythings worth a shot at this point! That's the end of my rant. Lol

13 replies

Ronnie20 2014-08-19 22:46:48 -0500 Report

I agree with you testalot. I have paid $1200 in insulin this past year and I AM PLAIN TIRED OF IT!! So I rebelled. When I was told I needed $200 for test strips I said no thank you and drove away. So I haven't tested since June. I can tell thou I'm paying the price and don't want to be moody, a bitch etc on my wedding day. I want to be myself… It's next month so today I filled out an application for assistance…I lost my work health benefits for reasons I won't share…but I think I have a better chance getting assistance or at least a DECENT price to pay than I do with my health insurance. That's sad and not only sad but tragic. I read an article where Australians don't have to worry about it but the taxes are high but even Canadians have it better… So very frustrating!!!! Any thoughts anyone??

testalot 2014-08-20 05:40:58 -0500 Report

I'm Canadian and my coverage is only for 300 strips a year. I also did an angry refusal to test because of the high cost and ended up in ICU for five days so please be very careful when not testing regularly. Nothing is cheap or easy with this disease and sometimes the frustration of it all is overwhelming. My son (in his youthful 11 year old exuberance) told me to take it one day at a time…he's right and I am trying.

testalot 2014-08-17 11:44:36 -0500 Report

I'm not much of an electronics wiz myself but he mentioned that the actual coding for strips and how they relate to the device was made so that you cant reuse the same strip. He also said that it had to do with the contact point in the strips themselves. The contact points would have to be water resistant, which he said is more than easily achievable. His line of rational was that if we can split an atom, drop people on the moon and bring our I-phones under water, surely we can make a reusable test strip. When I look at it like that it suddenly seems ludicrous that they dont exist.

brazosbelle 2014-08-17 11:24:05 -0500 Report

Great idea! A reusable test strip! Good luck with it…

I agree with rolly123 about the Walmart meter. I have one that I use for extra testing and I have compared it to my Accu-chek and it is almost exactly the same reading. They are $15 and the test strips are $9 for 50.

I also buy my Accu-chek strips from Amazon at about $22 for 50 and have had to get a refund from the 3rd party seller once - Did it with no problem…

Just as an aside…I have been without insurance for several months and was facing a bill of $396 for one box of my Humalog pens…Was desperate and bought from Canada for $89.95 Oh Canada! Thank you~

GabbyPA 2014-08-17 10:21:38 -0500 Report

What a great team you guys can make. That is great and I'm glad he took up the challenge. I don't (in my own small mind) see how you can have a reusable test strip, but if we could that would be fantastic!! I hope you guys come up with the next big thing and be our heroes.

Type1Lou 2014-08-17 09:40:16 -0500 Report

In the 1950's and 60's, my Dad had to test his blood sugar by testing his urine. The technology we have today, although more costly, makes it far easier to manage our diabetes and there are some lower cost test strips out there. I test 8 times a day and it does add up. The cost of CGM's (Continuous Glucose Monitors) is what is preventing me from availing myself of that product right now. Gabby posted a discussion not long ago about a watch that is being developed to test BG's without finger pricks…don't know what the cost would be and it would definitely put a damper on the test strip market, don't you think? Here's the link to Gabby's discussion: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

IronOre 2014-08-20 00:44:51 -0500 Report

All you could do for testing, almost thru the 1970's is urine testing, and it really wasn't blood sugar testing, it was only pee testing. As far as I am concerned it was pretty much worthless because even if you were high there really wasn't much you could do about it because back then most people didn't understand what they needed to do.

Type1Lou 2014-08-20 08:10:07 -0500 Report

And the size of the needles he had to use to inject!…plus, they weren't disposable. And there were far fewer food options available to him, and no A1c tests to really indicate how good/bad his control was.

TLTanner 2014-08-20 15:50:04 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic since 1967 and yes, nothing was disposable back then as far as syringes and needles. They had to be boiled (and I have a funny story on that one too).

Urine testing was like chasing your blood sugar. Once it's in the urine, it's already been running through your blood stream for quite some time. The only thing you could do was take more insulin depending on what the reading was and for some odd reason, I remember the color orange! LOL

Technology has come a long way since then and I'm glad for it, but everyone's right about the cost of being ill. It sucks big time and doesn't seem fair. I am VERY thankful for the insurances that I have that allow me to get my supplies for next to nothing or free.

Contact the drug companies and see if you qualify for any of their programs to get what you need at a lower cost or free.

jayabee52 2014-08-17 03:29:39 -0500 Report

Howdy Testy
In the mean time you can find stips for your meter at American Diabetes Wholesale ~ http://www.adwdiabetes.com/ (where I got my last batch) and also I understand Amazon has strips inexpensively as well. (I'd stay away from sites like craigslist due to the great chance of getting really scammed)

I pray your friend has success!


rolly123 2014-08-16 22:17:59 -0500 Report

If want good meter but not expensive if go walmart they have meter for 14.67 for meter the strips r 9 dollars for 50 tests strips I have some who uses them they good!