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        The Accu-Chek Active from Roche Diagnostics offers 5-second testing, a
1 microliter sample size, a test strip that provides visual backup, 200
memories, averaging, alternative site approval, and an infrared data port
interface. The meter is small and lightweight and fits easily in a child's
hand. The Accu-Chek Active's test strips which come in a vial and can be
handled without impairing their accuracy. Highly Recommended.

        Unlike other new meters with very small blood volume and fast test
times, the Accu-Chek Active uses photometric technology instead of
electrochemical technology. This means that the meter measures blood glucose
through color change in the test strip, which is what allows visual
confirmation. It also means that the meter needs periodic cleaning, which is
simple but must be performed to prevent degradation in performance and
accuracy.

        If you've used end-fill capillary action strips from other meters, the
Accu-Chek Active test strip takes a little getting used to. You have to pay
attention while inserting the strip into the meter because you can insert it
part way, causing the meter to turn on but not run a test properly.

        The Accu-Chek Active is approved for alternative site testing
(non-finger tip). Since the test strip is top fill only, in practice you have
to press the test stip onto the blood drop. This is easy to do if the strip is
outside the meter -- which the Active allows -- but testing time doubles to
about 10 seconds.

        Key Features
        Key features of the Accu-Chek Active include:

          a.. Very small blood volume (1 microliter)
          b.. Alternative site testing
          c.. Visual confirmation test strip
          d.. Test results in 5 seconds when blood applied to strip in meter;
10 seconds when blood applied to strip outside meter
          e.. A 200-test memory for storing blood sugar readings
          f.. 7-day and 14-day averaging
          g.. Large, easy-to-read display
          h.. Infrared data interface port
          i.. Displays blood sugar readings in mg/dL or mmol/L
          j.. Three year warranty

        Summary
        The Accu-Chek Active is very easy to use, even for young children.
With its very small blood volume and fast test times, the Accu-Chek Active is
an excellent meter. Highly Recommended.

        Accu-Chek Active Rating
          a.. Ease of use: 8 (top-loading strip; photometric)
          b.. Features: 10 (200 memories, averaging, data port, watch
batteries, touchable strips, alternative site testing)
          c.. Speed of results: 10 (5 seconds)
          d.. Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 8 (test
strip insertion)
          e.. Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 10
          f.. Cost: 7 (about $52 per 100; $758/year @ 4 tests/day)
          g.. Overall Rating: 52



        The Accu-Chek Active test strips are large and easy to handle. Results
appear in five seconds when you test this way.


        You can apply blood to the strip and then put the strip into the
meter. In practice, this is the easiest way to use alternative test sites with
the Accu-Chek Active. Results appear in about 10 seconds when you test this
way.



         Roche Diagnostics Corporation
        9115 Hague Road Indianapolis, IN 46250
        317-845-2000


        The reviews of products are the opinion of children with DIABETES.
Each product is reviewed with a single purpose: to determine if the product is
suitable for use by children with Type 1 diabetes, their parents, and, to a
lesser degree, adults with Type 1 diabetes. There are many products aimed at
adults with Type 2 diabetes that are not appropriate or suitable for children
or adults with Type 1 diabetes.

  Updated February 28, 2003

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