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New Tools 2008

by Diane Fennell

Availability: Prodigy Voice is available from select durable equipment suppliers and pharmacies.

 TRUEresult meter

Product: TRUEresult

Manufacturer: Home Diagnostics, Inc.
(800) 803-6049

What it does: The TRUEresult is an affordable, no-coding meter that boasts a high degree of accuracy thanks to specialized technology in the test strips. The meter, which has an automatic test strip ejection button, requires a 0.5-microliter blood sample from the fingertip or forearm and returns results in as little as 4 seconds. When the TRUEresult registers a result over 240 mg/dl, it sounds an alarm alerting the user to check for ketones. Four optional alarms can be set to remind the user to monitor, and 500 results can be held in the memory. The meter can average blood glucose readings over 7-, 14-, and 30-day periods. The TRUEresult comes with a lifetime warranty.

Availability: TRUEresult has received FDA clearance and is expected to be available in pharmacies nationwide by the end of 2008.

 TRUE2go meter

Product: TRUE2go

Manufacturer: Home Diagnostics, Inc.
(800) 803-6049

What it does: TRUE2go is the world’s smallest no-coding blood glucose meter. It is designed to be attached to the top of a bottle of test strips. (When that bottle is empty, the meter can be removed and attached to a new bottle of strips.) It was created as an on-the-go counterpart to the TRUEresult, which uses the same type of strips. The TRUE2go requires a 0.5-microliter drop of blood from the fingertip or forearm, takes roughly 4 seconds to return results, and can hold up to 99 readings in its memory. This meter also features a strip release button, doing away with the need to handle used test strips. The TRUE2go comes with a lifetime warranty.

Availability: TRUE2go is scheduled to be available in various pharmacies by the end of 2008.

WaveSense Jazz meter

Product: WaveSense Jazz

Manufacturer: AgaMatrix, Inc.
(866) 906-4197

What it does: The WaveSense Jazz is a no-code meter from the makers of the WaveSense KeyNote and WaveSense Presto, with which it shares several features, including a large, backlit display and accuracy-enhancing technology that corrects for factors such as temperature, altitude, inconsistencies between test strips, and user error. Like its predecessors, the WaveSense Jazz requires a 0.5-microliter blood sample (obtainable from the fingertips, palms, or forearms), but unlike its forerunners, this meter uses a test strip that instantly fills from the end. Results are returned in roughly 4 seconds, and up to 1,865 readings can be held in the meter’s memory. Averaging and graphing is available for 3-day, 2-week, and 1-month periods, and a daily digest can be accessed to view information such as the number of blood glucose readings taken per day, the standard deviation of the readings (how tightly the values cluster around the average blood glucose reading), and the average blood glucose results over a 2-week period. Additionally, blood glucose readings can be tagged with a comment indicating whether they were taken before or after a meal, and averages for these categories can be calculated, as well. The meter also includes seven optional alarms that can be set to remind the user to check his blood glucose.

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