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Cost of testing strips

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by Prem51, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    @SaskiaKC asked how much people paid for testing strips in another thread. I thought it might help to open a specific thread about this.
    I used to use Accu Chek Mobile bg monitor. The test cassettes (50 tests) cost around £22-23, but could cost £14.83 (Boots) to £29.45 (Lloyds Pharmacy).
    Now I use the TEE2+. 50 test strips cost £7.75 from the manufacturer, but can cost up to £12 from pharmacies.

    What do you pay for 50 test strips?
     
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  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I use an Accu Chek mobile exclusively. The replacement test cartridges are around £25 retail for 50 strips. I now unashamedly buy them on eBay for around £13 for 50.
     
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  3. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    My Abbott Freestyle Lite strips and my Accu-Chek Performa strips cost $60.00 over the counter. The new Contour Next One strips are around the same price, but I do not like the meter as it is reading way higher than the other two meters readings I trust.

    As I am a member of the NDSS and hold a PBS concession card, I get the strips for $1.20 for a 100 strip box.
     
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  4. jjraak

    jjraak Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    nice idea @Prem51

    codefree..50 strips for £7.69 (uk) direct from home health...discount code also available
     
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  5. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering if you know the most cost effective strips in Australia for a pre-diabetic? A friend has just been told she's pre-diabetic so I assume she can't join the NDSS??? $60 for a box of 50 seems very expensive.

    I now live in NZ and a box of 50 is approximately NZ$20, but I rarely need to buy them as my doctor is happy to prescribe the 50 a week that I use. Mind you, I hate the meter that all NZ diabetics use, but the strips are cheap.
     
  6. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    As I said in my earlier post that they are around $60.00 from my pharmacy. The discount chemists are probably cheaper but I have not gone in and checked as they are mostly in the middle of town, which I steer clear of as it's hard to get a carpark space.

    As for joining the NDSS it does not actually say anything about pre diabetics.

    Getting the GP to sign off on it may be a problem though.

    https://static.diabetesaustralia.co...alia/f973794b-69d8-4cca-b9c5-23b55cde2f62.pdf
    https://static.diabetesaustralia.co...alia/14bee3f6-6933-45bc-8853-c7ef030586d2.pdf
     
  7. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, though it may not do any harm to ask. I suspect she may be better off just buying them from ebay ! (Looks like $30 per hundred is about the going rate for freestyle lite). Is your $60 for 100 strips, or 50?
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    It's for 100 strips.
     
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  9. alphabeta

    alphabeta Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Accu Chek Performa/Guide 38000LBP (25.33USD) per 50 strips (In Lebanon)
     
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  10. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I used to use the Code Free which I believe are the cheapest strips you can get in the U.K. But personally I started finding them to be less and less accurate. I was getting more and more unexpected results so felt the need to retest a lot of the time, hence negating any saving over more expensive strips. I currently use the Caresens Dual from Spirit Health which claim accuracy of 99.6%. Since swapping I haven’t felt the need to double check a reading at all. The strips are £9.95 for 50 (with the VAT deducted). Spirit also do the Tee2 which are a bit cheaper and advertise 99% accuracy.

    Edit typo
     
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    #10 Rachox, Mar 16, 2019 at 10:13 AM
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019 at 10:45 AM
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