It Black Friday. Do something for Medical Consumer that Will Last for Years. StripSafely is joining our friend Stephen, of Happy-Medium.net to the StripSafely team by sharing his call for comments to FDA! (If you don’t know Stephen you should get to know him – check out his comments at FDA’s bolus calculator workshop reported at diaTribe.)

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How accurate are your diabetes test strips and glucose monitors? Last month, we asked people with diabetes to share what they pay for their test strips. It’s part of our ongoing #PriceCheck collaboration. We’ve heard that the cost of test strips can vary greatly. We’ve also heard that these test strips – and the blood glucose monitors they’re

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AACE issued this safety alert to inform members of the inaccuracy of many blood glucose monitoring systems currently available, and especially those supplied to Medicare beneficiaries: https://aace.com/sites/all/files/member_alert_glucose_monitors.pdf

From AACE Press Release: “Our hope is that recognition of the problems that exist will lead to viable solutions and much more favorable outcomes for the many patients with diabetes who rely on these technologies” WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Representatives from scientific and medical societies, patient advocacy groups, government entities, the insurance industry, the health products industry and

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Craig, the Human Pincushion, has a recent blog post that demonstrates advocacy excellence. Read it here: http://humanpincushionexperiment.blogspot.com/2014/09/d-stigma-in-idaho-leadership.html He wrote his Congressman His Congressman wrote back and was, to say the least, ill-informed. Our hero, the Pincushion, wrote back and helped set thing straight. You can help, Tweet this: Thanks @HumnPincushion for holding @Raul_Labrador accountable for stigmatizing

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From DTS release:  Foster City, California: September 15, 2014 – Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) is pleased to announce that it will hold a public meeting regarding payer liability for funding inaccurate blood glucose monitors. This meeting, which is free to attend, is an extension of the DTS Surveillance Program for Cleared Blood Glucose Monitors, which was launched on

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In July FDA issued a Waring Letter to Pharma Tech Solutions a maker of GenStrip™ glucose strips. The details can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm410865.htm This in addition the the previous warning to Conductive Technologies, Inc. http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm402685.htm These letters in our mind demonstrate how the FDA is taking post market actions to help people StripSafely. It also to us

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R. Mack Harrell and George Grunberger wrote an excellent commentary on diabetes supplies in Roll Call the media outlet serving “The Hill” in DC.  In part they ask: At issue is the assurance that the crucial glucose monitoring supplies patients need are available, safe and reliable. For instance, once the Food and Drug Administration approves glucose

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Sorry we missed sharing this earlier: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ListofRecalls/ucm406243.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery   Recall Class: Class I Date Recall Initiated: June 6, 2014 Products: Advocate Redi-Code+ BMB-BA006A Blood Glucose Test Strips – All Lots Distribution Dates: January, 2012 – June 6, 2014 Use: The Advocate Redi-Code+ BMB-BA006A Blood Glucose Test Strips are used at home by people with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose

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