APPROVED and AVAILABLE NOW: An A1c Monitor for Home Use


(paulg765) #1

WOW!  Look at this!


Bayer’s "A1CNow Selfcheck"
is an A1c Monitor for Home Use

Jun 11, 2009

Bayer Diabetes Care's new A1c monitor enables people with diabetes to check their A1c levels at home. The FDA-approved A1CNow SELFCHECK is not considered a replacement for a healthcare provider's A1c test, but rather a tool with which to monitor  A1c levels between doctor visits. A1c's provide an average assessment of blood sugar levels over the past three months and are an indicator of how well diabetes is being managed

 

A1CNow SELFCHECK is available without a prescription at various online and "brick and mortar" pharmacies. It comes as a two-test kit for a suggested price of $29.99. The test provides at-home results within five minutes, has an easy-to-use design, and delivers lab accuracy.

The at-home test lets people with diabetes know how they're doing. "A1c testing is an important measure of long-term diabetes management. However, some patients will skip having their A1c tested because they're worried about what their healthcare provider will say if their A1c levels are not good," said Steve Edelman, MD, founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, in a press release.

Healthcare providers can use the Bayer's A1CNow+ monitor, which provides results within five minutes. Consequently, it allows providers to evaluate their patients' overall diabetes control and discuss lifestyle and treatment modifications during the appointment, rather than waiting for lab results.


(meme) #2

I WANT ONE !! I  just bought a reli home test, this sounds great for use between office visits. I would like to know The A1C before going to the doctor.Less stress....Do you think walmart would have this? I could try the pharmacy. Have You tried it,and does it really work? thanks for posting this


(meme) #3

I got phone number for Bayer off booklet that came with meter.He said June 15, it will be at walmart. It is at Walgreens now. He named one other place,I could not understand? Thanks again for info.


(system) #4

sweet. i'm gonna see if i can get one through my pharmacist. i love living in canada..monitors and stuff like this for free..cuz you gotta pay for the strips!


(Sugar-FreeInYYC) #5

But would it be available in Canada?!

Let me know what you find out Natalie!


(system) #6

i hope so! my mom's swinging by today for me cuz i'm work and she's gonna ask our guy about it. he usually knows if it will be even if they don't have it in yet and if not, when he expects it will be.


(Sugar-FreeInYYC) #7

OK! So I found out some Canadian news on the bayer meter.

It's been available as a trial to pharmacists and doctors for the last 2 years...

If you want to BUY one it's 150$ for 10 tests... and it's not covered I don't think.

She said the best thing to do is get a standing order with your lab to automatically go to the lab every 3 months to get your A1C checked and have a relationship with your doc where he'll send you the results and not have to meet with you everytime.  The VERY helpful pharmacist and CDE expert told me that it's a waste of time to go to your doc for the RX then go to the lab and then make an appt. with your doc to get the results... WHEN it's you that ultimately knows what to do when you get your A1C results anyway.

Thought you'd like to know! Basically it's 150$ for the machine and 10 test and you can order them through your doctor or CDE if they have connections for it.

Andrée


(paulg765) #8

You can buy it ONLINE for $29.95 - In Stock

 

BUY IT HERE!


(DDrumminMan) #9

I have no desire to get one of these.  Why?  I go to the doctor every 3 months and he does an a1c.  It covers the results of the last 3 months.  I don't really see the need to see what it is on a monthly basis.  it won't change much in a month's time.    I just see it as another way to soak money out of diabetics.  Even if you buy one of these, your doctor is not going to go by it and require you to do a test at his office anyway.  So now you're paying twice for the same thing.  "The FDA-approved A1CNow SELFCHECK is not considered a replacement for a healthcare provider's A1c test"

I can see minimal benefit at best.


(system) #10

[quote user="DDrumminMan"]

I have no desire to get one of these.  Why?  I go to the doctor every 3 months and he does an a1c.  It covers the results of the last 3 months.  I don't really see the need to see what it is on a monthly basis.  it won't change much in a month's time.    I just see it as another way to soak money out of diabetics.  Even if you buy one of these, your doctor is not going to go by it and require you to do a test at his office anyway.  So now you're paying twice for the same thing.  "The FDA-approved A1CNow SELFCHECK is not considered a replacement for a healthcare provider's A1c test"

I can see minimal benefit at best.

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in canada, we don't pay for our endo appointments. it's covered under our universal healthcare. it could help, but i'm only gonna get one if i can get it for free like with my meters. it could help tho, it at least gives you an idea of what you are actually at. day to day logs don't really help if they are all over the place cuz you're testing at different times or a few days here and there you don't test as often.

also..you do your a1c in the office? i go for a blood test 2-2.5 weeks before my endo appointment for my a1c...

 


(DDrumminMan) #11

[quote user="Batts"]

in canada, we don't pay for our endo appointments. it's covered under our universal healthcare. it could help, but i'm only gonna get one if i can get it for free like with my meters. it could help tho, it at least gives you an idea of what you are actually at. day to day logs don't really help if they are all over the place cuz you're testing at different times or a few days here and there you don't test as often.

also..you do your a1c in the office? i go for a blood test 2-2.5 weeks before my endo appointment for my a1c...

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My doctor in Texas had a little machine in his office where he could get the results in about 5 minutes from a finger stick.  I went to him from early 1990s until 2004. For a while my insurance company wouldn't cover him doing it in his office and I had to go to a lab across the street to do it.  It was a pain.   My new endo is at the University of Washington Medical Center.  They have a lab there that does it and has the results in 10 minutes. 

How often would you test a1c if you could do it at home?  It doesn't change very fast.  How would it really help you to do it more often?  What would you do if on 4/1 it was 7.0 and 5/1 it was 7.1?  Since it gives you a result from a 3 month period I can't see much benefit in doing it more often than that.  But if it was free, why not?  We're getting ready to get "health care reform" here in the USA (maybe).  It still ain't gonna be free and my prediction is that it will cost more.  But we shall see ...

 


(meme) #12

DDrumminMan,you always make me think when I read some of your post. I was going to buy one of those,now might not.. I wish you would post about Health Care in the USA. I want to hear anything new on this.But put in simple terms,on tv,they go over my head sometimes.


(system) #13

[quote user="DDrumminMan"]

[quote user="Batts"]

in canada, we don't pay for our endo appointments. it's covered under our universal healthcare. it could help, but i'm only gonna get one if i can get it for free like with my meters. it could help tho, it at least gives you an idea of what you are actually at. day to day logs don't really help if they are all over the place cuz you're testing at different times or a few days here and there you don't test as often.

also..you do your a1c in the office? i go for a blood test 2-2.5 weeks before my endo appointment for my a1c...

[/quote]

My doctor in Texas had a little machine in his office where he could get the results in about 5 minutes from a finger stick.  I went to him from early 1990s until 2004. For a while my insurance company wouldn't cover him doing it in his office and I had to go to a lab across the street to do it.  It was a pain.   My new endo is at the University of Washington Medical Center.  They have a lab there that does it and has the results in 10 minutes. 

How often would you test a1c if you could do it at home?  It doesn't change very fast.  How would it really help you to do it more often?  What would you do if on 4/1 it was 7.0 and 5/1 it was 7.1?  Since it gives you a result from a 3 month period I can't see much benefit in doing it more often than that.  But if it was free, why not?  We're getting ready to get "health care reform" here in the USA (maybe).  It still ain't gonna be free and my prediction is that it will cost more.  But we shall see ...

 

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aah i see. i only go every 6months, i was going every 3months when i switched insulins but i'm back to 6months. a 3month a1c test at home would help me out :P and i don't mind going to the lab for my tests, i usually just stop in on my way home from work. there's enough around here that stay open late.

excatly, it's free and it'll give me a 3month estimate between my endo appointments.

 


(Eric_Carpenter) #14

My endo. used to give yearly visits if your control was good enough, the test stands to help those individuals.  Also, if your insurance (or lack thereof) doesn't cover the test, you can save money that way.  If you are unfortunate enough to not have insurance this can mean the difference between getting a test and not getting it.  I realize it is not a substitute, but some people stand to benefit from it.  Additionally, specialists just started recommending the A1c test over the fasting blood glucose test for identifying type 2 diabetes.  Who knows, perhaps this will become an informal way to test for type 2?  How do results compare to laboratory testing? For example, I think home blood glucometers are required by the FDA to be within +- 20% of laboratory results.  One advantage of a home version of a test is that it can mean the laboratory test will later become cheaper.


(paulg765) #15

As a person with Type 1 diabetes you tend to take for granted the fact that there is no other health condition where so much diagnosis and management is entrusted to the patient.  It really is incredible that a patient should be entrusted to self-administer such a potentially dangerous and lethal medication as insulin.  Of course, the unique situation is dictated by the unique requirements of the condition itself (i.e. insulin can not be taken orally, the timing and amount of the dosage varies based on food intake and exercise, etc.)

Indeed, and I'd be interested in other opions, I have gone to various endocrinologists and basically come home with nothing I didn't already know.  Granted, my present endocrinologist has made some pump adjustments, but I've read enough, been trained enough and understand the concepts enough to do that myself, ... and oftentimes I do.  Of course, on the extreme end of the spectrum, I've been to endocrinologists who, at least in my opinion, didn't have a clue.  (Usually that was for only one appointment.)  I'm reading Dr. Richard Bernstein's book now and he has referred to the way most endocrinologists treat diabetes as "Money See, Monkey Do).

To my feeling regarding this new A1C Meter, I think it's a very nice addition to the Type 1's self-management "toolkit."  This may sound kind of "weird" and of course I'd prefer not to have Type 1, but seeing as I have no choice in the matter, I've come to find the intricacies (and mysteries) well.... kind of interesting.  Now, I'm semi-retired and don't have anything better to do with my time.  LOL

 

Paul