TEST STRIPS DEALS ?

ERuby
By ERuby Latest Reply 2010-11-17 20:02:10 -0600
Started 2010-11-14 03:36:13 -0600

I was recently hospitalized because I didn't take my health seriously enough. I wasn't watching my diet, like sodium intake, alcohol, veggies & grains. As well as not monitoring/testing my blood sugar. Which needs to be done a minimum of twice a day after you create a routine.
I read in one of your discussions that this one individual said that they only needed to test once or twice a month, that doesn't make sense.
Anyway, I know that I needed to do it several times a day, but I have no insurance and my co-pay with Medical is over $850.00 a month. So I was wondering if anyone knew any good deal with getting test strips ?They give away the meters but get ya with the strips. Any suggestions?


14 replies

veggie1962
veggie1962 2010-11-17 14:05:51 -0600 Report

You can check out this website, Together RX Access, an RX assistance program for the uninsured. It covers One Touch, FreeStyle and Precision (the name brand version of Walmart's ReLion Ultima meter) products and strips:

http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/Tx/jsp/home.jsp

Here's a link to AccuChek's assistance program:

https://www.accu-chek.com/us/customer-care/pa...

Also, check out this website to see if there are any federally funded health centers in your area, they can be a good source for RX assistance:

http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/GoogleSearc...

Good luck!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-11-15 09:49:45 -0600 Report

I purchase my strips on Ebay. You have to start looking before you NEED them, but you can get good deals. Just watch the expiration dates and your seller's reputation. I have never had a problem and once I got 600 strips for $100!!

The other option is to purchase a Target or Walmart brand meter and then the strips are less expensive than the Bayer or One Touch type of meters. I have heard they are pretty accurate, so that is an option.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-11-14 10:36:47 -0600 Report

There is a review of various meters in the Winter 2010 edition of "Diabetic Living" magazine. In reviewing the models they featured the lowest cost meter and test strips is a Relion Ultima with a meter cost approx $9 and per strip cost of 40 cents. Relion: 800-631-0076 and web: www.relion.com. I have no experience with the make/model. The information was gathered for the article written by author Marie McCarren in "Special Report: Should I Trust My Meter?" (p 41-51)

ERuby
ERuby 2010-11-14 17:58:34 -0600 Report

THANK YOU FOR THE INFO. BUT i HAVE LIKE 4 METERS, IT'S THE STRIPS I'M LOOKING FOR A DEAL ON…THANK YOU AGAIN. ER

Kirla
Kirla 2010-11-14 09:05:03 -0600 Report

Have you tried E-Bay

ERuby
ERuby 2010-11-14 18:28:51 -0600 Report

NO, I'VE NEVER EVEN USED EBAY…HAS ANYONE USED ANY OF THE CANADIAN PHARMACY'S ONLINE?

ERuby
ERuby 2010-11-14 18:17:50 -0600 Report

WOW ! THAT'S A LOT OF INFORMATION, THANK YOU… HOWEVER, I WAS INSTRUCTED TO BALANCE MY CARBS & PROTEINS. GOOD CARBS & LEAN PROTEINS. I HAVE TO WATCH MY SODIUM AND AND WATCH MY FLUIDS BUT STILL GET PLENTY OF IT. IT'S A JUGGLING ACT WE HAVE…YET WE MUST PRESERVER ! LAST I CHECKED AT WALMART, THE TEST STRIP PRESCRIPTION WAS IN THE $100'S. MUST HAVE BEEN THE AMOUNT, I'LL LOOK INTO IT AGAIN. I WAS HOPING THERE MIGHT BE A PROGRAM OUT THERE FOR THE UNINSURED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT… ER

Kirla
Kirla 2010-11-14 19:16:28 -0600 Report

Tests strips for most meter are priced really high no matter where you by them, even at Wal-Mart. Except for the Relion Brand at Wal-Mart. The meter is cheap and so are the strips. Sometimes its better to give away the meters with high cost of strips and by a new one where the strips are cheap. I used the meter myself and liked it. My insurance company makes me use Liberty Medical and they don’t have strips for it. If I loose my insurance and have to pay for them myself I will switch to the Relion brand myself. I Googled E-Bay and found it has lots of test strips if you want to take a chance and get them cheap. The link is

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p...

When you buy online you have to be careful of scams and expiration dates and things, but you can usually find things cheap and it may be worth the effort and an occasionally bad batch of strips. But it may be worth it in the end. I myself would prefer the Relion Brand. Everyone I heard from that uses it has liked it.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-11-14 04:23:00 -0600 Report

Hello
Yes Walmart has a meter and test strips at low cost.
For me 4 times a day is the least I can get away with,I feel better with 6 times
Best wishes
Harlen

bobec4
bobec4 2010-11-14 09:57:56 -0600 Report

I have been using the Walmart brand testing supplies for a couple of months now. I find the accuracy is just as good as the Contour brand but a whole lot cheaper plus the customer service is fantastic!

Harlen
Harlen 2010-11-14 10:31:28 -0600 Report

There are not bad I have used them and if I didnt have ins I would use them now
Best wishes
Harlen