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Tools of the Trade 2012

by Alwa Cooper

Availability: For information on how to get the V-Go insulin delivery system, visit www.valeritas.com/authorized_distributors.shtml.

Blood glucose meters
Accu-Chek Nano SmartView system

Product: ACCU-CHEK Nano SmartView system

Manufacturer: Roche Diabetes Care
(800) 858-8072

What it does: The no-code ACCU-CHEK Nano meter requires a 0.6-microliter blood sample from the fingertip or palm and takes 5 seconds to return results. Each result can be tagged as pre- or postmeal. The meter has a 500-value memory and can calculate 7-, 14-, 30-, and 90-day blood glucose averages. It offers four customizable test reminders and a backlit display.

Availability: The ACCU-CHEK Nano SmartView system can be ordered through many pharmacies and online retailers.

Contour Next EZ

Product: Contour Next EZ

Manufacturer: Bayer Diabetes Care
(800) 348-8100

What it does: The no-code Contour Next EZ uses Contour Next test strips and requires a 0.6-microliter blood sample. It can calculate 7-, 14-, and 30-day blood glucose averages, and blood glucose readings can be marked as pre- or postmeal. The meter allows for customizable high and low blood glucose ranges.

Availability: The Contour Next EZ can be ordered through many pharmacies and online retailers.

Contour Next Link

Product: Contour Next Link

Manufacturer: Bayer Diabetes Care
(800) 348-8100

What it does: The no-code Contour Next Link meter communicates wirelessly with compatible Medtronic insulin pumps and uses Contour Next test strips. Wireless communication with the Bolus Wizard feature on Medtronic pumps enables the user to modify bolus dosing and calibrate a continuous glucose monitor. It features a full-color display and an autolog feature that allows the user to tag blood glucose results with information about when monitoring was done and how the user was feeling at the time. It also has a USB connection for charging and downloading readings to a Mac or PC computer. The meter requires a 0.6-microliter blood sample; it has a memory of 480 readings and can calculate 7- and 14-day averages.

Availability: The Contour Next Link is only available with Medtronic’s compatible integrated diabetes management systems; the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel, the MiniMed Paradigm Real Time insulin pump, and the Guardian REAL-Time continuous glucose monitoring system.

EasyPlus Voice

Product: EasyMax V2, EasyPlus R13N, EasyPlus T1, EasyPlus Voice, EM50, EME, EMMU, FortisCare15

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