Medicare's cost-slashing for test strips creates a DOC movement: Strip Safely
Posted Jul 02 2013 6:47pm
StripSafely is the Diabetes Online Community's raised voice to protect ourselves from inaccurate blood glucose meters and test strips.
This month Medicare begins offering a limited variety of glucose meters to its beneficiaries. Many of the test strips offered, and manufactured overseas, fall below the FDA approved standard for accuracy. That standard is already too low but don't get me started.
I'm asking you to join the movement. It's easy. Write a letter (samples provided) asking the FDA to ensure strip accuracy. If you have diabetes, know someone who does or love someone who does, you know this is a life and death issue.
And while you may think this doesn't concern you because Medicare is a lifetime away, this may drive US manufacturers of meters and strips out of business. That means: no quality control, innovation, support services, educational programs, and oh yea, accuracy.
It only took me 15 minutes to write my letter. Here are sample letters to make it easy. And here's mine. As you can see, I took the sample "Short Letter" and just made it personal.