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[IP] RE:fasttake strips
My questions are:
Is everybody using Fastake having this same problems getting the strips and
also, anyone using the One Touch Ultra and how do you like it? Are the
strips easily available?
I have used both the Fasttake Meter and the One Touch Ultra. I was having a
very hard time finding the fasttake strips, and was even sent a Sure Step
meter from LifeScan as a backup (I really hate that meter! It uses a
half-gallon of blood!!!!!). The One Touch Ultra is great! It uses about as
much blood as the fasttake, but only takes 5 seconds. The main reason I got
it is that it operates in a much greater temperature range (43 - 111 degrees
F) than the Fasttake. I was always frustrated when I'd get in my vehicle on
a 80 degree day and my fasttake wouldn't work because it was too hot. I
work outdoors alot, and needed a meter that would work in hot and cold
temperatures. Also, I had trouble with my fasttake not coming on when I
inserted the strip, and sometimes it would turn itself off when I applied
the blood. I had it replaced by LifeScan, and the new one would do that
sometimes as well. Seemed like a short in the wiring somewhere. The Ultra
seems to be more stable.
There is a rebate on the Ultra now. At Wal Mart, the box I purchased said
something like "buy 100 strips ($68.48) and get the machine free." Then
inside the box was a $45 rebate for the machine and another $25 rebate for a
trade-in. Insurance pays for my strips so I didn't worry about the rebate,
but the rebates will nearly pay for the machine.
Anyway, if you like the Fasttake, I think you will love the Ultra.
Hopefully they will have correctly anticipated public response to the Ultra,
based on their experience with the fasttake, and not have strips on
backorder. I checked at Wal Mart last night and they had plenty of strips.
My pharmacy doesn't carry these strips, and as long as Wal Mart keeps them
in stock, I won't ask my pharmacy to get them.
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