solicitations for meters

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-01-04 11:39:14 -0600
Started 2015-01-03 11:11:29 -0600

Ok, Today is a new day…pissy mood over. Sunshine and warmer temps too. I did get a call this morning that has me puzzled and a little upset. It was from a medical supply co. wanting to send me a new meter and test strips. Nothing new there, it's happened before. I usually turn them down as my meter is only about 4 mos old and I am satisfied with it. The upsetting part was they told me they had a prescription from my dr. and they even had her name. Now, I know I have been all over the internet and filled out various suveys about diabetes, but they solicited my dr. for the prescription without my knowing (at least I don't remember giving anyone permission). This kind of bothers me. And then to call and tell me they had a scrip from my dr. for it. If I hadn't pushed and and asked how they got this scrip, I would have just assumed that my dr. wanted me to use this. I asked how much this would cost me and they are supposed to get back to me later today. In the meantime, I called my pharmacy provider and found that they can supply my test strips for 90 days at less than I am paying for 1 month now. Will definitely be swithching that one. Anyway,just wanted to put this out there and get your opinions.

10 replies

ConnieMarie 2015-01-04 11:39:14 -0600 Report

Your insurance company, Google, if you registered your meter for its warranty - all possible sources. Google data mines and that would be my first guess. My medicaid gave my contact info out on accident then called to apologize after discovering he error. I didnt sign a release.

GabbyPA 2015-01-04 08:35:23 -0600 Report

Did they call you back to tell you how they got that information? It seems that would be a HIPPA violation. I am not a huge fan of HIPPA, but it does have it's uses. That just seems so down right weird.

My husband from time to time gets "diabetic" calls which is a joke because he is so not even close (and I am jealous of his 78 fasting number) I don't get those kind of calls, but maybe because I don't have insurance.

suecsdy 2015-01-04 10:13:53 -0600 Report

They did call me back, but didn't let the phone ring long enough for me to answer. They'll probably call again tomorrow.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 11:55:52 -0600 Report

I get those calls all the time or they just send them to me. I have never had anyone tell me they had my doctors name or that they had a prescription from my doctor.

I have two meters. One of them stays in my purse which I use every day. The other is a spare. When they send them to me, I give them away to people who need them.

If you fill out every survey that comes along, you will be surprised at who has your information. Doing that also opens the door to identity theft. Somewhere along the line you must have put that information in a survey because the doctor is not going to give your information to them without your permission.

The best thing to do is to stop filling out surveys. You can block those numbers on your house phone and cell phone. I rarely fill out surveys because I find them to be skewed to get the results the surveyor wants. It is always wise to have a spare meter because you never know when the one you use on a regular basis will fail.

lola's mommy
lola's mommy 2015-01-03 11:25:14 -0600 Report

What meter are they wanting to send you?

suecsdy 2015-01-03 12:25:17 -0600 Report

Can't remember off the top of my head. It may have been another Bayer meter, just a different model. I've been meaning to get another to keep in the car. So much esier than having toremember to pick up my kit everytime I leave the house.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 16:22:38 -0600 Report

Never leave them in the car. The temp in the car can get too hot or too cold for the meter and the strips.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 16:21:29 -0600 Report

That is why I have two meters. I keep one in the house all the time an one always goes with me. I don't take it when I vend at fairs an festivals if I am outside. High heat and cold can have an effect on it.

lola's mommy
lola's mommy 2015-01-03 15:13:35 -0600 Report

I will tell you though, it's not a good idea to keep it in your car though. They are very sensitive to temperatures. If you are going to do that I'd keep it in your purse or something

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