Tomorrow is the day my insurance goes from decent to crappy. I found out while refilling some scripts yesterday that if I keep going to the same pharmacy, my cost for test strips will go from $15 for 200 strips, to $265. Needless to say, I’m looking for a cheaper source.
I’ve been searching the forums here and have found several links to websites where I can get the same strips for about 30% of the cost at my pharmacy. My question is, is it really safe to buy stuff like this online? Aren’t the strips super sensitive to heat, light, moisture, etc.? If I buy them from some faceless Amazon shop, for example, how do I know they haven’t been sitting in someone’s hot garage all summer? I’ve also heard of even lower prices if you get them on eBay, but that’s too scary for me to even think about. People selling leftover expired strips in new containers, etc. … No thanks.
Then again, even if I buy them from the pharmacy, I guess it’s possible they could have been sitting in a hot delivery truck. But somehow I trust the pharmacy more than an anonymous online shop. Am I being naive? Or paranoid?
Also, I’ve considered switching to a meter that uses cheaper strips (the ReliOn, for example). But I love my current meter (One Touch Ultra 2) and don’t want to change. It’s my first meter, and I feel almost sort of fetishy about it, like it’s my secret magic charm that will protect me from high blood sugar, complications, etc. etc… What if I get a different meter, and it’s not accurate? How will I even KNOW if it’s accurate?
It makes me mad that I’ve fallen into the trap set by the folks who gave me a free meter, in hopes I’d become addicted to the expensive strips that go with it. It seems like such a racket, since the strips cost next to nothing to produce. Still, using this meter makes me feel safe, and I don’t want to give that up just yet.
So – how do you know that the strips you buy online have been stored and handled properly? Do you just trust the supplier? Do they make any explicit guarantees? And if they HAVEN’T been handled properly, how do you know?