I didn't know these existed… Might be something for those that have trouble affording the expensive test strips for meters.. As something to use in between althought I don't know the prices on them.
A Backup Strategy for a Broken Monitor
It's the ultimate in bad timing: You're out of town on a business trip or a vacation and your blood glucose monitor quits. Even at home, you may not be able to get a new monitor immediately. What can you do? Fortunately, there are other ways to keep tabs on your blood glucose.
Continue monitoring your blood glucose using visual test strips like BetaChek, Uni-Check, or Glucostix. These are available without a prescription at most pharmacies. To use them, you place a drop of blood on the stick and match the color to the chart on the side of the bottle. It may seem harder than using your monitor, but the results are accurate, making it far better than skipping readings.
Also, don't throw away your broken monitor. Instead, call the customer service number on the back. It's usually toll-free. Most companies will try to replace the meter within a day or two.
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