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  1. Hubert
    Hubert February 26, 2009 at 6:40 am | | Reply

    I hope that this product is very useful and that the FDA approve it because many people like me who suffer from this problem is diabetes every day and fight all their problems.

  2. Casabby
    Casabby February 26, 2009 at 7:25 am | | Reply

    Although colors and design are fun, I’d be more impressed with a meter that was more accurate and consistent than other meters on the market.

  3. Val
    Val February 26, 2009 at 8:34 am | | Reply

    While it would be great to have a thin new meter there is still the issue of carrying around test strips and prickers. These bulky accessories still make the case for meters and supplies practically the same size as all of the other meters. We need a device that integrates prickers and strips in the machine so all you have to do is carry around the device.

  4. Michelle
    Michelle February 26, 2009 at 10:53 am | | Reply

    although all these new products are fabulous, they’re coming at a time when many of us are seeing our insurance companies drop meter after meter off of their “preferred” list and leaving us with one or two choices from which we can get full coverage. For me, having all this new technology is worthless unless I can get my son’s insurance to cover it. :(

  5. strawberry
    strawberry February 26, 2009 at 11:41 am | | Reply

    I agree with Val. I cannot believe they have yet to invent an all-in-one meter. I have an idea in mind, but I don’t want to say because maybe I should just go design it and make some $.

  6. riva
    riva February 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm | | Reply

    While I’m all for sleek new designs, somehow these don’t impress, nor does the fact that they count down in 7 seconds rather than the typical 5 most meters do a read out in now. What I want to know is how many calories do you burn changing the face plate? ;)

  7. leigh1
    leigh1 February 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy, as I recall when I looked at this meter a while back, it doesn’t store very many test results. This matters to me because I test A LOT and I don’t want my test results to be erased. For that reason, I quit using the cute One Touch Mini, which only stored 500 or so tests (?) and went back to using my clunkier One Touch Ultra meter which stores a couple thousand tests. This is very important to me.

  8. Lauren
    Lauren February 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm | | Reply

    I wish glucometers only remembered the previous BG, I hate that mine has a memory and a 14-day average. I’m in super-tight control, I don’t want to be reminded of the one 200 reading that screwed up my average. It’s unnecessary.

    In terms of a meter, the only things that matter to me are accuracy of course, and blood sample size. Changing colors and faceplates is ridiculous. The glucometer is a critical medical device that basically enables diabetic self-management, it’s not an iPod. When it comes to my health I care about function, not shades of pastel.

  9. whimsy2
    whimsy2 February 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm | | Reply

    To heck with designer colors. What I want is cheap strips that are more accurate than the 20% +/- we get now.

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    [...] » “Designer” Mini Glucose Meter Coming in March – DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog Recently I wrote about an amazingly compact new glucose meter called the Glucocard, from Japanese manufacturer Arkray. Now it seems that the company is going designer ultra-mini with a tiny new meter that will be the first-ever to feature interchangeable face plates, “so users may personalize the look of their monitoring system.” The GLUCOCARD® 01 (as it’s inexplicably named; 01 tells us nothing) received final FDA clearance in early February, and will be launched next month. [...]

  11. Bgood
    Bgood March 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm | | Reply

    The bottle of strips on this meter is flat too just like the X meter that was reviewed a month ago so it should be less cumbersome to carry. Also this company is looking to bring these strips to market for the customer who has high copays or no coverage. I was told the strips will be in the low $20′s for a 50 count. I’d gladly wait 2 more seconds for my results if I can get less expensive strips!
    I did a back ground check and found out Arkray was the company that actually developed the first hand held meter back in the late 60′s and sold that technology to Bayer. Bayer also used them to make their Ascenia Elite system for them. I used that one for years. They also created the first HbA1C analyzer in the 80′s. Sound like they have a strong clinical track record. I’ll definitely give it a try when it’s available.

  12. Rich
    Rich March 4, 2009 at 2:37 pm | | Reply

    Who cares what color or size it is? What is wrong with you people? We need cheap and ACCURATE meters. How superficial can we be?

  13. George
    George March 5, 2009 at 11:20 am | | Reply

    Really! oooooo Desginer! NOT! like others have mentioned. Great that the meter is flat but the bottle isn’t and the pricker isn’t. So I’ll just add that to my other pockets. Along with my huge pump.

  14. PSDoff
    PSDoff March 6, 2009 at 8:21 am | | Reply

    Who needs another wannabe meter that relies on styling instead of substance? Take a serious look at the Korean metering products.

    There are a lot of small meters on the market, but the meter size isn’t the whole picture. Accuracy of all FDA approved portable self test meters is +/- 20%. Put aside strip cost for now.

    What you have to carry as a type 1 diabetic using a compact meter is: the meter, lancets, test strips, log book, rapid acting insulin. Most will use and carry an autolancing device. The most compact package I’ve been able to assemble to hold all but the logbook is an over-sized eyeglass case. Admittedly it’s possible to use a pen-needle system and a drum type autolancer. but these cost 50% more over the counter than standard syringe therapy, which brings us back to cost.

    You may ask why a logbook is needed. the answer is that unless you track insulin consumption and note unusual carb intake and activity levels a log of just glucose reading is nearly useless. Your can’t determine from glucose levels alone what you need to do to adjust your control.

    I’m the first to admit that if an integrated meter/pump system were available FREE, I’d be first in line to get one. Being a MDI type1 for 30+ years has been an enormous inconvenience. Fact is the pump costs 2-3 times as much as syringe therapy. and if you follow the recommendations of EVERY pump manufacturer, you also have to carry syringes and insulin to CYA if the pump/pod should fail. You also have to carry a meter.

    So the only advantage of today’s pumping systems is that you don’t have to overtly show yourself injecting insulin. The downside is that if you hide that you are a type 1, if you should get into trouble, no one will know what to do to help you.

    Getting back to the new meter – what do the strips cost? Why is this important? The probability of a type 1 becoming unemployed before age 65 is 100%. The probability of not having access to a group major med plan while employed is 25%. The average length of unemployment between jobs grows linearly with age and the probability of running out of COBRA coverage is nearly 100% after age 50.

    In 40 of the 50 United States, the only major medical coverage for T1 diabetics over 55 costs over $10,000/yr per person ( and not much less for younger adults), which is totally unaffordable. Limited benefit plans cover less than 10% of the cost of insulin and test strips. That’s why cost of strips is important.

    All new design meters ought to incorporate data ports, memory to handle 500 data recordings, ability to manually enter insulin dosages, ability to manually enter a flag for abnormal exercise or carb intake. There’s no technical excuse for not incorporating these features; They can all be accomplished with 3 buttons or an I-pod type paddle, and are just software. USB is an interface standard with dirt-cheap implementation and the cost of memory is no longer a consideration.

    With the number of diabetics approaching 10% of the US population, the market size no longer justifies a few over-priced full function product with expensive supplies.

  15. Kyle A
    Kyle A March 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm | | Reply

    I saw a sample of the new glucocard mini meter at the ADA Expo and it was awesome. The sample size is .3 and has meal markers. The test strips come in a cool compact bottle…like tic tacs…I could carry this meter and strips all in my pocket.

    I asked the rep about the accuracy and they showed me the paper in the test strip bottle and this is very accurate. Bonus, no code chip to worry about. They told me test strips will only cost $25. The faceplates are awesome…Diabetes sucks why not have fun with it?

  16. Jerri
    Jerri March 7, 2009 at 7:23 am | | Reply

    I saw it at the ADA expo too. What I liked about this meter is that it not like all the “cheap” meters coming in from Taiwan or Korea. This is Japanese technology and the company had the White Paper to prove the accuracy. Some of the other meter companies have been using this company to make their strips and meters for years so they are not a fly by night type of manufacturer. So I agree with Kyle why not have fun w/ our Diabetes? I know there is not one meter that will suit everybody, but this one appears to have accuracy, small sample size, great style on the meter and flat test strip bottle and it’s affordable! I can’t wait to see it in the stores.

  17. shirley
    shirley April 11, 2009 at 1:27 am | | Reply

    i would really like one

  18. shirley
    shirley April 11, 2009 at 1:29 am | | Reply

    the minies really work

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