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  1. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter June 10, 2014 at 10:37 am | | Reply

    You asked, albeit rhetorically, why organizations haven’t spoken out on access. Unfortunately, sometimes they have, using information from badly controlled short-term research studies, and have stated that self-monitoring is costly and unnecessary. If a doctor hands a patient a meter and doesn’t help them understand how to use the number that appears and doesn’t give the patient any means to lower a high blood sugar, giving them a prescription for a few test strips is not going to result in a lower A1c or reduced complications. Further better studies have proven the opposite: frequent testing along with assistance using those numbers to alter behaviors prolongs life. Many doctors, insurance companies and members of Congress base their decisions on those original, badly done studies.

  2. Joan McGinnis
    Joan McGinnis June 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm | | Reply

    It would seem that including AADE representatives would be a very good idea, since certified diabetes educators are the ones who do instruction and know the most about these devices.

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