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(07-31-2015, 05:42 PM)GrammaBear Wrote: How do you find out when the blood glucose monitors were manufactured? I'm not doubting your facts, I would have no idea of where to look. People offer 'new' monitors on eBay for cheap - but I bought one on there once that expired in 2011. My fault because I didn't look closely enough at the listing - I do now. I have a Bayer Contour Next Link meter (which means it 'talks' to my insulin pump) and about half the time the meter tells me that I've inserted a used strip and to please put in a new one. This all happens in spite of the fact that I have never put a used strip into the meter. Bayer customer service absolutely sucks. I've spent many times trying to convince them that I don't try to re-use test strips. They just will not compromise at all.

I don't know anything about the insulin pumps. To find out how old your meter is, you can contact Bayer with the serial number and they can tell you. I just used the online chat. Bayer NEXT does meet the new requirements, but as mentioned, I know absolutely nothing about insulin pumps or related equipment.

For those of you with an ordinary Bayer Contour meter, if you go to their web page and use the chat, you can get a coupon for a free upgrade meter (Next). This is only available until December and you have to have a prescription on file for it (yeah, I know, I can't help it -it's their requirement even though you don't NEED a prescription for a meter!). They just needed the serial number from the meter you have.
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(07-31-2015, 06:21 PM)justMongo Wrote: My physician told me years ago: The makers would love to have a pill that expires on a date certain. They do not.
Test strips could possibly be encoded with an expiration date readable by the meter; if so, their engineering people have way too much time on their hands.

I prefer the One-Touch Ultra Blue because I have their software and the meter interface cord to read and plot the data.

I cannot get into the VA at this time. They go through periods where they will not sign up new patients who have no S.C. disability. Right now is one of those periods because of all the fiasco at the VA. I do not wish to see their doctors -- but would like to get meds through them.

My former company blamed the ACA for their cuts to retirees. If I believe them, they lost their tax exemption for providing the insurance.

I write to my Congress critter so often, I suspect they have a file for me. (The circular file.)
Writing to Congress is like abandoning a baby on a doorstep.

Because I am interested in getting a new blood glucose meter as my current one is becoming somewhat unreliable, which of the One-Touch meters do you prefer?

I know it isn't funny and please don't think I'm making light of your situation, but I love your last sentence. You have a good sense of humor.

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(07-31-2015, 06:39 PM)GrammaBear Wrote:
(07-31-2015, 06:21 PM)justMongo Wrote: My physician told me years ago: The makers would love to have a pill that expires on a date certain. They do not.
Test strips could possibly be encoded with an expiration date readable by the meter; if so, their engineering people have way too much time on their hands.

I prefer the One-Touch Ultra Blue because I have their software and the meter interface cord to read and plot the data.

I cannot get into the VA at this time. They go through periods where they will not sign up new patients who have no S.C. disability. Right now is one of those periods because of all the fiasco at the VA. I do not wish to see their doctors -- but would like to get meds through them.

My former company blamed the ACA for their cuts to retirees. If I believe them, they lost their tax exemption for providing the insurance.

I write to my Congress critter so often, I suspect they have a file for me. (The circular file.)
Writing to Congress is like abandoning a baby on a doorstep.

Because I am interested in getting a new blood glucose meter as my current one is becoming somewhat unreliable, which of the One-Touch meters do you prefer?
My favorite is their OneTouch UltraSmart. It still has to be coded; but all their strips are now 25. I like that it uses two AAA batteries. I also have their UltraMini and their Ultra2. I usually take one of those when away from home.

I know it isn't funny and please don't think I'm making light of your situation, but I love your last sentence. You have a good sense of humor.
Thank you. It was meant to be humorous.

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