I love love LOVE my OneTouch Verio IQ meters, and I’m very much looking forward to the OneTouch Verio Sync.
My insurance coverage will be changing next month and my copay per month on strips will be $55. I go to a Target Pharmacy and I was informed by a pharmacist that if I used an Up&Up Premium Blood Glucose Meter (manufactured by Agamatrix) I would be eligible for their $4 a month program.
Yes. $4 a month. For all my strips. $4 for 250 strips.
However….I’m not willing to give up on my OneTouch meters without having an idea of how this other meter stacks up in comparison, in terms of accuracy. The meters are not sold with any sample strips, however.
Last time I was at Target I checked the OTC prices on the strips for that meter…..they are priced almost exactly like the OneTouch strips. Which means I cannot afford to purchase them OTC.
My insurance will not split a RX for the month and pay for me to get half my strips for one meter and half for the other, so that’s not an option.
I tried emailing Agamatrix and explained all of this and asked if it was possible to obtain a small sample (10!) of strips and got two responses. The first basically said ‘I’m not sure we can help you, but send us your address and I’ll forward this to my manager and we’ll see what happens.’ So I sent back my address and waited.
Less than 6 hours later I had my answer:
Thank you. I am afraid Management has made it clear to me that our policy prohibits us sending you any strips.
If you had the strips, we could send you a free Premium meter. We just cannot send strips. Thank you.
Uh….yeah. Well, then….I guess you don’t want me to switch to your meter. Cause I am NOT willing to do it blindly. What if the meter is highly inaccurate for me? I don’t want to go through the hassle of changing my RX over just to have to change it back again. And if it’s inaccurate and I’ve changed my RX over, I’ll have at least 250 strips….which I will feel compelled to use.
So I guess it isn’t happening, unless I can find another way to score a small sample of strips to test a meter with.
I’m disappointed with Agamatrix – I know many companies (OneTouch, Bayer…) are willing to send a small sample of strips to someone who is genuinely interested in trying out one of their meters, in the hopes they will gain that person as a customer. It’s a non-issue. So I’m not sure why it’s an issue for Agamatrix, but I think it’s unfortunate. With this kind of decision, people aren’t necessarily ready to shell out money for something they haven’t tested at least once or twice.
(Note: If anyone reading this uses any of the Agamatrix store-branded Premium Blood Glucose Meters or the Wavesense Jazz (which is essentially the exact same meter, but again….branded differently upon manufacture) – do you find them to be accurate? Have you compared them to other meters? How do they stand up if tested against a blood draw?)