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  1. amy mercer
    amy mercer September 26, 2011 at 5:36 am | | Reply

    Thanks for giving a well rounded preview of this meter, I can’t wait to try it myself! One thing you didn’t mention is cost…any idea how expensive the meter and/or strips will be?

  2. Judi
    Judi September 26, 2011 at 6:54 am | | Reply

    My dream, to have a meter attached to my iPhone. This might make me willing to move on from my Cozmo, which I love because the meter is attached to the back of it and is always there. No searching for a meter. This sounds great.

  3. Karen
    Karen September 26, 2011 at 7:27 am | | Reply

    I have been waiting for this meter so It’s so exciting to read your review – and I’m really glad to hear you like it. I’m wondering how the accuracy is? I know Matt said he worried about accuracy if he didn’t get enough blood on the strip, but I was wondering if you compared the IBGStar results to the results on your current meter? Do they seem to match up?

  4. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog September 26, 2011 at 7:52 am | | Reply

    Sign me up…I want to test it out next!

    Can you have multiple devices tied to the meter (i.e, my husband’s iPhone, my iPhone, our iPad)? I was just thinking that it might be nice to pull up the app on the larger screen of our iPad to see the numbers/trends rather than looking at my phone.

    I’m so excited for this and another thing I like is that it is small enough that I could slip it into the OmniPod’s case and test with it without creating lots more bulk. And it’s so much smaller than most meters that my daughter could easily carry it with her at all times, like when she’s out playing or bike riding. I usually carry her PDM for her, but this meter she could carry herself.

    Not to mention that I have had my iPhone surgically implanted onto my hand!

  5. Matt Fishburn
    Matt Fishburn September 26, 2011 at 7:59 am | | Reply

    The set retails for about €60 in the Netherlands. If you are feeling adventurous, you could try ordering one from a German retailer online.

    1. Patrick BRADLEY
      Patrick BRADLEY January 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm | | Reply

      I found out about this product from a pamphlet, displayed in my doctor’s office, around 3 weeks ago, and now I own one.
      I ordered it in Germany, for €60 plus the cover, for an additional €12. It’s so easy to use!

  6. Bennet
    Bennet September 26, 2011 at 9:09 am | | Reply

    Thanks I look forward to seeing one.

  7. George
    George September 26, 2011 at 9:45 am | | Reply

    Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. So cool.

  8. Tom Beatson
    Tom Beatson September 26, 2011 at 9:46 am | | Reply

    I hope the FDA will be receiving lots of pressure to get this device approved quickly.

  9. Stacey D.
    Stacey D. September 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm | | Reply

    You’re lucky to have a first hand look at this Amy! But am I the only one who’s not all that excited about this? I’m not even too sure why not … the concept itself is pretty cool. Maybe because it’s still a separate device to have to carry. I’m sure no one would keep it attached to the phone all the time. Yeah it’s small but so is the Freestyle lite or Contour USB. And how easy would it be to review the reports? I’d rather have all that on a bigger screen I can look at (ie: iPad or laptop or desktop). Not trying to be a downer .. I just feel like I’m missing something!

  10. Doris J Dickson
    Doris J Dickson September 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm | | Reply

    Amy,

    I tested one of the Agamatrix products a few years ago. I ran a 2 week parallel test to my One Touch UltraSmart and ran a parallel lab blood test. (This is how I always test meters. The features are less important to me than accuracy.)

    I was very optimistic about the Agamatrix products because they are local (New Hamsphire) company and because their 2nd tier product line is very affordable.

    I was sadly disappointed to find as inaccurate as my One Touch Ultra Smart is the Agamatrix product (which swears up and down they are more accurate) was more inaccurate.

    So – cuteness, convenience and playful features aside, have you run the meter parallel to your existing meter and have you done a lab blood test to see how far off it really is (and we all know they are!).

    Thanks.

    Doris J. Dickson

  11. Amy
    Amy September 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm | | Reply

    With the APP, is there anyway to check in from a remote location? Ie… a student at school tests on their phone and mom at work can check the blood sugar log from her computer?

    Now this is the technology parents need. Something that can connect us to our pre-teens/teenagers in allowing freedom under careful supervision.

  12. Dutch
    Dutch September 27, 2011 at 12:34 am | | Reply

    Really liked the test but I don’t agree on several things!

    First of all we all have to understand that all meters are insecure.
    This is an effect of a compromis, it is not a lab measure it is kind of DIYS.
    this causes a know varity of +/- 10% (so 20% is accepted!)
    The lancets are very small, so they fit in the small etui.
    I was one of the first users of the iBGstar. Never, never the measurement didn’t work. Within 3 seconds you’ll know the result.
    Only in bright sunlight the result is hard to see (using the meter without iPHone). After 1 1/2 month testing bot iBGstar and the regular BGstar I wonder why non of the compatitors ever made a device as good as this one!

    Dutch: diabetic 1 since 2009

  13. Dutch
    Dutch September 27, 2011 at 12:37 am | | Reply

    @amy, you can email the results out of the app anywhere you like.

  14. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell September 27, 2011 at 5:26 am | | Reply

    @Doris you really can’t test the accuracy of a meter by comparing it to another meter. I’d love to do this, but either meter could have inaccuracies.

    Here’s why I think the WaveSense meters are more accurate. I used a OneTouch Ultra (older meter) to calibrate my first Dexcom, it was the only meter that would work with those Dexcoms. When they allowed me to calibrate by entering a number, I changed back to a WaveSense meter. My next A1c was substantially down (I think about 1%) and I hadn’t really changed anything else. I believe that was because the WaveSense meter was calibrating more accurately which allowed me to control more accurately.

  15. Doris J Dickson
    Doris J Dickson September 27, 2011 at 5:54 am | | Reply

    Bernard … I believe I said to compare it to a lab test in addition to running a parallel test against my One Touch UltraSmart.

    Having the ability to compare a meter’s results to a lab test (which has the highest chance of being accurate) is the only way I agree to demo a meter. (Contemplating a change in A1C isn’t apples to apples.)

    I also run the meter parallel because I know how inaccurate the UltraSmart (which I have run against a lab test several times) is. The Wavesense is substantially more inaccurate. I want to see what happens at different points in the blood sugar spectrum.

    Meter manufacturers readily admit they only care about lows so the meters will be less inaccuare at the 40-80 spectrum. The 80-140 ish spectrum they use every inch (if not more) of the 20% inaccuracy permitted by the FDA. Beyond that all bets are off. They even said they don’t care about >200. Clearly they don’t take insulin and attempt to dose for an accurate correction.

    So … as you see, I could care less about features, size, color, downloads, software, etc. if the meter is NOT accurate. My health and blood sugar control is far more important.

    I am a small doser. I am highly insulin sensitive with a correction ratio of about 1:75/80 points with Humalog, 1:45 ish with Apidra and Regular. Novolog is about the same as Humalog. I even know that each OD of Levemir drops me about 35 points per 1/2 unit. I basal and bolus test regularly to confirm (this requires fasting).

    Amy … I’m fully aware a meter isn’t a lab test. A lab test is the gold standard and as close to accurate as is currently available. The small dosing of pumps is useless without accurate testing. Calibrating CGMSs to meters is useless without accuracy (thus their 40-60% inaccuracy). So, please explain to me why we shouldn’t expect better than 20% inaccuracy relative to a lab test please? No excuses to the manufactures who are sponsors please.

  16. Tim
    Tim September 27, 2011 at 8:06 am | | Reply

    Will there be a Android version of this?

  17. June S.
    June S. September 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm | | Reply

    RE: Doris … I, too, am ultra insulin sensitive. I had my meters tested against a lab BG last year, and there was a difference, but not drastic. What I WAS upset about last summer was that I had blood drawn at the same time and sent to two different labs to see what they thought my A1C was. One lab was .3 higher than the other. THAT upset me, but didn’t surprise my endo – not one bit!

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  19. FatCatAnna
    FatCatAnna September 28, 2011 at 11:08 am | | Reply

    I have to admit – I don’t possess alot of the fancy gizmo’s that most folks do these days – so wouldn’t be able to use this app. All I know is, after seeing some of the remarks back forth above – my main goal in my blood testing is to be able to test easily so that I don’t get put off and not keep track of my D-health. Accuracy? Well, it would be good – I’m now using an insulin pump – so far the BG meter I use Freestyle Lite – works great for me

    Curious Amy what size of blood droplet do you have to use – that’s one thing I like about the Freestyle – uses the smallest amount of blood to get a reading.

    All I can say to Doris – whatever works for the individual- is the main issue here – if you have a product that you hate to use – then you suffer health wise. If you can live with the inaccuracy of the product you use – then so be it. I have no idea how accurate my meter is – I just know – I’m happy with my A1C results (so is my endo – he says I don’t have to see him). So, obviously, my blood meter does the job!

    Amy – curious to – what the cost of this is – but probably due to it not being approved yet by FDA (Canada will probably be a few years behind you) – they don’t have the full details to release to you yet.

  20. Jack
    Jack September 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm | | Reply

    I tried to reach out to IBGStar, but had no luck. Do you know how I can get this product to test or when it will be available in the USA?

    Jack

  21. Carla
    Carla September 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm | | Reply

    I was one of the lucky ones to put hands on this over 18 months and very disappointed that they still haven’t approved it for sale in the USA. The timeline then was 1st Qtr 2011.

    Any update on when we will have this for the USA market?

  22. Samantha Colon
    Samantha Colon September 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm | | Reply

    Hi,

    I’m not that excited about this either. I use the Contour USB and it’s fabulous. Accuracy is great, I compared it for a week with my old OneTouch Ulra, pretty close. And what happens if you don’t have an IPhone or IPad and just have a regular laptop of PC?

  23. Evan
    Evan September 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm | | Reply

    Amy-

    Regarding one of your disappointments with the product (“the fact that the app doesn’t automatically launch or open when you plug in a test strip or complete a BG test”), Apple’s iOS (iPhone’s operating system) does not allow for apps to run continuously in the background, or for apps to suddenly take over the phone and supplant whatever app you’re currently running, both of which would be necessary to achieve the sort of functionality you’re describing.

    This limitation is not only built into the phone; Apple will immediately reject your app if you were to even try to subvert these protocols, if not for a litany of other reasons as Apple is notoriously stringent in approving apps (hmm… who does that remind us of?).

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  25. Chad
    Chad October 5, 2011 at 10:09 am | | Reply

    I would love to get this for my 8 year old. I know you say the results can be emailed to anyone. My question: Will it automatically email the results or do you have to choose to email? With the new “find my friends” in iOS 5 they announced yesterday and an email of a low reading… Now that is a parent’s dream come true.

  26. Dutch
    Dutch October 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm | | Reply

    @Chad, in IOS4 after you select a 7, 30 or 90 days overview and generate it.
    This opens the email app, but doesn’t send it automatically.
    I like it this may; now in this app you can choose who you want to send it to, even with which email address (if you have more accounts on your IPHone like me).

  27. LE BERRE
    LE BERRE October 14, 2011 at 10:32 am | | Reply

    Please, where did you purchase the blue little case for Ibgstar ?
    Thanks

  28. Gregg Soster
    Gregg Soster October 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm | | Reply

    B -

    You mention that you use the OmniPod for your pump. I notice you did not mention any integration between the OmniPod and the iBGStar. So, that means you are still using the OmniPod PDM for driving the Pod, correct?

    If so, any word on the iPhone driving the Pod for bolus and carb calculation? Sounds like the iBGStar is actually a third device to carry now: iPhone, iBGStar, OmniPod PDM.

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  30. Emmanuel D
    Emmanuel D January 19, 2012 at 5:15 am | | Reply

    Hi,
    Same question as LE BERRE ==> Please, where did you purchase the blue little case for Ibgstar ??

    I just received my IBGStar today and having such a nice cover / case will be very very nice.
    Regards

  31. Naplis
    Naplis January 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm | | Reply

    Emmenuel – where did you get yours from so fast? I have not seen them and my doc’s office hasn’t even heard of it yet.

    Thanks!

  32. Emmanuel D
    Emmanuel D January 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm | | Reply

    Naplis –> I live in France and as Sanofi is a French company I think that the (wonderful, sorry !) Glucose Meter is available in France since September 2011.

    But if the author of this “paper” could answer us about the blue case it will be very nice ;-(

  33. DAVID
    DAVID January 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm | | Reply

    The iBGStar was recently approved in the US by the FDA. Sanofi is gearing up to launch by April 1, 2012. It should be available in doctor’s offices after that.

    1. naplis
      naplis January 25, 2012 at 5:39 am | | Reply

      Thanks David. That’s good news, but I wonder why it’ll take that long. My endos office still doesn’t know about it. Are you sure what you heard it right for the US? Other countries seem to have it already. Why are we always so slow to get new things?

  34. Don Frankenfeld
    Don Frankenfeld January 26, 2012 at 9:48 am | | Reply

    This product makes so much sense that I will buy one even though it seems a bit rough around the edges. Two obvious modifications for the future: First, a Bluetooth connection, to avoid the rather silly need (in today’s world) for a physical connection; Second, Siri integration, so those of us too lazy to type can simply dictate carb levels or other notes.

  35. Paul
    Paul February 11, 2012 at 8:22 am | | Reply

    I just got one of these today (picked it up yesterday from my diabetes clinic the in UK). I find it a bit of a mixed bag and am increasingly frustrated at not finding a BG meter that does the things I want!

    For the last year or so I’ve been using the Accu-Check Aviva Expert and was really liking the bolus calculation (I’m on MDI basal/bolus) so thats one thing that’s missing with this right away.

    I found out about the iBGStar at the same time as I got the accu-check so I’m a bit suprised Sanofi haven’t done more on the app development to include things like a bolus calc.

    Really this thing feels a bit like one step forward 2 back – before the Accu-Check I was using the ultra-smart (lifescan) which had great logbook capability but was fiddly to enter data into. The Accu-Check Expert has lesser logging of everyday things (Excersise etc) but brought the bolus calc. Now with the iBGStar the interface via the ipod/phone is easier to use and it has good logging (at least on a par with the Ultrasmart) but I’ve lost the bolus calculation!

    At least being based on an iphone app, it should be relatively easy for sanofi to add more functionality… I do get frustrated that because of the demographics of diabetes (lots of older sufferers who just want “something simple” with a big screen and limited complexity, the main companies seem reluctant to put together something with all of the functionality that would be useful for more technically minded diabetics like me! I don’t want to have to keep a paper log book to spot trends between blood glucose, insulin intake, carb intake, excersise and life in general! The tech exists to do that in one place on an integrated device!!

    Anyway, long post… sorry! In short – the iBGStar has potential, but its not out and out great yet!

    Paul

    1. eme
      eme February 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm | | Reply

      hi , i think i would have a problem having strips for this device , is there any chance it could work with one touch strips ? could u pls try that and tell me.
      and i would like to know the cost of its strips
      thnx

  36. Naplis
    Naplis February 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm | | Reply

    It would be uber cool if this were available at the Apple Store as well as the local pharmacy. Maybe the liability would be too much for them to have a medical device in a computer store. Still. it would be cool to buy it there instead.

  37. DAVE
    DAVE February 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm | | Reply

    The local pharmacies will have it on the shelves by mid April.
    To answer a previous question, only iBGStar Strips will work with this meter. No other brand strips can be used.

  38. Mike (everydayupsanddowns)
    Mike (everydayupsanddowns) March 12, 2012 at 7:14 am | | Reply

    Great review Amy. I had a chance to road test one of these before the official UK launch (today). I *loved* the meter and the app, but have stopped using it after getting a bunch of odd readings when testing against a couple of other meters (maybe it’s just me?!). Wrote a bit more about that here: http://www.everydayupsanddowns.co.uk/2012/03/ibgstar-review-blood-glucose-meter-for.html

  39. Holly
    Holly March 15, 2012 at 11:54 am | | Reply

    PLEASE TELL ME there is an option for parents with Iphones to be able to view their child’s blood sugar readings from their iphone! If not, they REALLY missed the ball!

  40. dave
    dave March 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm | | Reply

    There’s another cool product on the market that utilizes your current meter and strips but brings all the benefits of iBGStar with it’s iphone connectivity and apps for only $40-
    Check out Glooko.com

  41. Naplis
    Naplis March 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm | | Reply

    I think the person has to actively transmit the data for it to show up on your iphone. Anyone overseas where this is already out able to comment on this?

  42. James
    James March 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm | | Reply

    Style over substance as with all iPhone stuff.
    You still can’t get way from having to carry pricking device and strips.

    Managing with software is the way to go, but with something this important it should be all about practicalities and not having yet another Apple gadget to show off about.

  43. Mike (everydayupsanddowns)
    Mike (everydayupsanddowns) March 22, 2012 at 4:55 am | | Reply

    As far as I can tell there is no way to push iBGStar data to iCloud (in order to sync/push data across multiple devices) – or if there is I can’t find it or any documentation about it. Sync seems to involve physical connection between meter and device. Of course (since 300 readings are stored) you could update Mom’s device manually every day/week or whatever whenever it is at home but that does not allow for automatic ‘remote monitoring’ during a school day for example the kid would need to email Mom the readings.

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  45. Manoel
    Manoel November 20, 2012 at 2:37 am | | Reply

    My disapointment with the IBGStar has to do with inaccuracy. I have used the IBGStar to compare with lab results during two separate Oral Glucose Tolerance Tests, by reading the IBGStar immediately prior to drawing blood sample at the lab. During the first OGTT done in October 31st this year, the IBGStar read 7%, 9% and 13% higher than lab values at start of test, 1h and 2h intervals, respectively. During the second OGTT done in September 20, 2012, the IBGStar read 7%, 6%, 12%, 13%, 32% and 46% higher than lab values at varios time intervals. The number of data may be few but from this data I conclude this device to be consistently higher than lab results, with a couple of readings out of the +/-20% FDA range. I would like to switch to a more accurate reader and would appreciate your recomendation. Thanks.

  46. Jose I. Deliz
    Jose I. Deliz March 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm | | Reply

    I love the meter and I can’t wait to get mine! Where can I get the carrying case shown in the article? (the bright blue one)

  47. Tom Steele
    Tom Steele April 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm | | Reply

    I’m not happy. It gives me readings at least 2 points higher than my other meter. Their rep says that it “works differently”. I am told that I should not compare it with my other meter. WOW! Let’s see ….. my reading is 5.2 but my other meter says 3.2 “low blood sugar”. Can I drive? Since my blood sugar is an average of 2 points higher now, does my Dr. lower my meds? They wont answer those questions and just say my meter “works fine”.
    I told this to my Dr. and she said that I am not allowed to use the ibgstar. Theey will not discuss a refund. Anybody want a free igbstar?

  48. Richard
    Richard June 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm | | Reply

    I have an IBG Star pump and I like everything about it except for the fact that in daylight I cannot tell if it’s working or not because I cannot make out anything on the screen. Otherwise, it is an excellent meter. My problem reading is because of my age probably but I wich I could use it. I think it is as accurate as the so called best ones , and I use it with an IPOD TOUCH.

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