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New Tools 2009

by Alwa A. Cooper

What it does: The auto-coding MyGlucoHealth meter is equipped with Bluetooth technology that allows it to transfer blood glucose readings wirelessly to a computer, where they can be analyzed and sent to health-care providers using the MyGlucoHealth Patient Analytics Portal at www.myglucohealth.net. The Patient Analytics Portal includes an online logbook program, as well as online meter support and guides. The MyGlucoHealth meter requires a 0.3-microliter blood sample, which can be obtained from multiple sites, and returns results in 3 seconds or less. More blood can be applied to the test strip for up to a minute if the first sample isn’t enough.

Availability: The MyGlucoHealth meter is available from the MyGlucoHealth online store at www.myglucohealthstore.com.

Prodigy AutoCode and Prodigy Pocket

Product: Prodigy AutoCode and Prodigy Pocket
Manufacturer: Diagnostic Devices, Inc.
(800) 366-5901

What it does: The redesigned Prodigy AutoCode meter offers audible readings in English or Spanish within 7 seconds of applying a blood sample to the test strip. The new design includes one-button navigation and a USB port for uploading readings to a computer. As its name implies, it is not necessary to code the meter when starting a new batch of test strips. The meter stores up to 120 blood glucose results with time and date and gives 7-, 14-, and 28-day averages that can be graphed with free software, available for download at www.prodigymeter.com. The meter requires a 0.7-microliter blood sample, which can be drawn from the fingertips, palms, forearms, upper arms, thighs, and calves.

Diagnostic Devices has also introduced the Prodigy Pocket, which includes all the same technology as the AutoCode — minus the option of audible readings — and comes in six different colors.

Availability: The Prodigy Auto-Code and Prodigy Pocket are available through selected major pharmacies.

Insulin pens

Apidra SoloStar

Product: Apidra SoloStar

Manufacturer: Sanofi-aventis
(800) 981-2491

What it does: The Apidra SoloStar is a disposable insulin pen that is prefilled with rapid-acting insulin glulisine (Apidra). Injections of rapid-acting insulins are generally taken at mealtimes. The pen holds 300 units of glulisine; once opened, it is safe to use for 28 days if kept at room temperature (below 86°F). Unopened pens should be refrigerated. The Apidra SoloStar is color-coded to differentiate it from Sanofi-aventis’s other SoloStar pen, which is prefilled with long-acting insulin glargine (Lantus).

Availability: Apidra SoloStar is available by prescription only.

Next Generation Levemir FlexPen, NovoLog FlexPen, and NovoLog Mix 70/30 FlexPen

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