In in need of Test Strips/Lancets

By DJsMama Latest Reply 2017-07-25 10:05:15 -0500
Started 2009-11-03 08:46:54 -0600

Hi Friends! I am new here, and hope I'm not over stepping any boundaries. We have no insurance. I am a type 2 diabetic, my 2 year old son is type 2 (I have to check his levels every 2 hours!!) Ans my mother is type 1.

We are in desperate need of supplies as none of us are insured! We can afford a very small amount to pay, no more than $5 - $10/box.

Please let me know if you can help, or know of where we can get help. Thank you very much & God Bless!

21 replies

MyEHCS 2013-11-14 08:53:01 -0600 Report

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JulieHS 2010-01-29 10:48:27 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear you have come upon such hard times. There is a new site called '' that has value-branded diabetes care supplies, including test strips and lancets. 100ct lancets are only $4.99! They also have bundles of supplies that may save you even more and you then would have to buy less often. It was started by a great man who watched his father suffer with diabetes and wants to help anyone who has diabetes and the costs associated with it. Just google, 'ehealthsource' and check it out!

dietcherry 2010-01-29 11:31:21 -0600 Report

Thanks, Julie! This is valuable info for all of us! My Dad keeps telling me that times are going to keep getting harder for everyone and we've seen nothing yet! I fear he is right! Renee :)

Donna777 2010-01-18 19:53:21 -0600 Report

Often times the company that provides your glucometer (Accucheck, Freestyle, etc.) can either supplement strips or offer a phone number to another company that supplements additional strips..many people are not aware of this. I hope this helps.

NewTerry19 2009-12-29 09:28:44 -0600 Report

How many meters do you need, I think I have 4 or 5 I ewould lve to donate to anyone who needs one. One is brand spankin new, not even opened, I got it in the mail, I'm really not sure when I ordered, I really don't remember that but you are welcome to take any one of those, I even have test strips and lancets to throw in!!!

dietcherry 2009-12-29 10:21:24 -0600 Report

Don't you love how the companies will give you free meters all day long but the test strips (which are the big ouch in the wallet) are doled out as little as possible! Healthcare Reform!

spiritwalker 2009-12-28 22:14:52 -0600 Report

If you are paying out of pocket for your supplies you might
check with Walmart. The Reli-on brand has meters and test
strips under $10.00.

Paying out of pocket is difficult. The Reli-on brand
which is sold at Walmart pharmacy is reasonable.
They offer meters,test strips,lancing devises, and

dietcherry 2009-12-29 10:18:02 -0600 Report

Yes, the ReliOn brand at Walmart is the cheapest I've ever seen. The meter is $12 and a box of 50 test strips is $21.94 (although prices may vary in your town). Freestyle brand meters/strips are offered free thru the company (ask your Doc or go online to the website) but you have to be pretty much destitute to qualify. Also, try Social Services-they have access to pharmacies. Good luck! :)

Turtle 2009-12-28 21:54:26 -0600 Report

I am sorry I just saw this. Do you still need help? I have contour meter. I might be able to send you some strips and lancets if you still need them. I might have my old contour meter here and I do not need it but it has my data on it and it would confuse your dr unless you mark where you start using it. I am going to invite you to be a friend. If you accept and still need help, I will need an address in a one to one conversation and I will send you what you need.

cczerny 2009-11-17 15:57:47 -0600 Report

I would try, they usually have good prices on strips and also have some clearance items. I recently lost my insurance and they were able to help me choose a cheaper strip and gave me a free meter.

mjasmann 2009-11-04 09:19:19 -0600 Report

abbott diabetes offers free testing suppllies to people with diabetes who are un insured and low income so if you qualify you will get all the strips and lancets and possibly meters to test. However you have to have your doctor sign the form and write a prescription for the products wich is to include how many times a day you test. you can get the forms on most prescription connection sites such as

London 2009-11-03 14:31:29 -0600 Report

I am so sorry! I recently had this problem. I applied for medicaid which your son should automatically get with the no child left behind law. They atleast have to cover your son. When I applied they gave me a 350.00 spend down each month because of my income. You are required to spend 350.00 a month before medicaid will pick up any services. THE PLUS…they will cover all diabetic supplies,meter,test strips,etc for free regardless. It would not hurt applying. Good Luck!

kdroberts 2009-11-03 13:28:19 -0600 Report

1. Call strip manufacturers and see what they will give you and don't be afraid of being pushy. Most will have programs to help and they will all give you at least some free strips and a free meter if you push enough. If you can get 50 strips from 5 different manufacturers that will help for a while.
2. Call local diabetes associations. There is usually an ADA, JDRF and an independent association in or close by every major city who will offer direct assistance and help finding local programs that will also help.

kgb 2009-11-03 09:49:05 -0600 Report

You may want to list your meter. Sometimes we are given new meters due to circumstances, yet still have strips for the old one that are still good, but can no longer use. I had to change due to having surgery on all my fingers, I could no longer handle the strips-so I got a accu-check compact-where the drum stores the strips. So I gave away the strips I had for my old meter that were still good.