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Old 04-27-2005, 05:21 PM   #1
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Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

I have only used it a few times and it always fell within an acceptable range. I sent a prescription to my mail order supplier asking for 8 ml (2x4 ml pack). I found out that they are sending me six packs rather than one since the prescription said "90 day supply" and I am obliged to pay for them. When I asked for an explanation, they said that the "directive" called for 6 packs for 90 days. I am confused since it seems that one of the 4 ml vials would probably last me 90 days testing 3 times a day and opening one container of 25 strips a week. Am I missing something. Can someone possibly use 48 ml in 90 days?

 
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Old 04-27-2005, 06:36 PM   #2
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Re: Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

I use Freestyle strips and solution, but it too comes in 4ml bottles. I faithfully use it every time I open a new vial of test strips. I've never used up a vial before it goes "bad;" 90 days after opening. My test strips come 50 per pack, but I'm a pump user so I test a lot (10 times per day on average). Seems to me like they are sending you way, way too much. Unopened, the stuff should last pretty well--about two years--but check the date on the bottle. If they won't budge, and if you can order the solution seperate from the strips you at least have a "life-time" supply. ;-)

 
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Old 04-27-2005, 07:45 PM   #3
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Re: Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

I have never paid for control solution. I've just called customer care and they have sent it to me. This was with Therasense.

 
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Re: Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

I'm curious as to how much they charged you. I recently has to order a new bottle of the control solution myself for my One Touch Ultra. I ordered from a big on-line bookstore since they carry this stuff now, and got a pack of two 4 ml bottles for 7 bucks.

I agree that one test strip per box bottle should be checked. Those things cost too much to use on verification.

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Old 04-28-2005, 01:39 PM   #5
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Re: Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

I get my supplies through a company plan. Usually I only have a copay and it is shipped free. I paid $6 per box of two vials, which is their cost, so I am not out a lot of money. I checked the "Bookstore's" price and see they want $8 plus $5 for shipping. Unless it is included with other items for free shipping, that is pretty hefty for something that only weighs a few ounces.

Maybe I can find someone who can use my extra control solution.

 
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Re: Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

JL -

I also found it at my local Walgreen's Drugstore for a dollar more. But I did order some books at the time I was getting the Control solution, so the shipping was free.

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Old 05-02-2005, 01:29 AM   #7
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Re: Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

So it is important to use the GCS (glucose control solution dah). For every strip vial you open?

 
Old 05-02-2005, 10:50 AM   #8
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Re: Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

I would be interested in knowing how many users have ever found that strips registered out of range. Since there is a 15-20% innacuracy in the monitor readings anyway, and how do you know that it isn't the monitor itself causing the problem, or even something else. I have not used them for a year and the readings I get seem to be in line with other readings I get for similar meals---remembering that there is a 15-20% accuracy range anyway. I have noticed no difference in vials of strips.

I did decide to check with control solution when my last A1c test seemed higher than it should compared to the readings I was seeing on my monitor. I had used a different lab, so maybe that was the reason. The strips were within the accepted range.

I have my doubts about the control solution.

 
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Re: Glucose control solution (One Touch Ultra)

I agree JL -

The control range on my bottle of strips numbered "9" is from 99 to 135. That's quite a range. I've been a good little scout and checked one strip from each bottle as I opened it, and they have been in range.

I bought one of those ChoiceDM home A1C testers and plan to see what it says this weekend.

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