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[IPp] Home A1c Testing
We've been wanting to be able to do home A1c testing on the months when we
don't go into the endo (no I'm not ultra obsessive -- it's just I feel like
with all the weird hormone stuff that's happening at times I want to know
what we might be missing with only quarterly A1cs).
As I wrote before, we tried the A1c Now kit but were dissatisfied with it's
acceptable variance of 1.5 points against lab a1c results (i.e. an actual a1c
of 6.5 was permitted to be reported byt the kit as anywhere from 5.0 to 8.0
and still be within "acceptable" accuracy for the test).
In the July issue of Diabetes Interview (page 22) I read about the new
Accubase A1c home testing kit getting FDA approval and wrote to them about
their acceptable variance ranges. This kit is different than in A1c Now kit
because you merely collect the sample at home and send it into them for
analysis (which I presume is why they are able to offer a MUCH more accurate
test result than the A1c Now kit). Here is what their (very prompt) reponse
to my inquiry was:
Date: 7/22/2002 5:57:21 PM Mountain Daylight Time
From: email @ redacted (Arthur Williams)
To: email @ redacted
Thank you for your personal observation concerning the A1c Now and its cv's.
Our test, the AccuBase A1c Test has a linear variance of .66%. We currently
have the only Level 1 NGSP certified method and laboratory. We would be
pleased to provide you a copy of our extensive clinical tral data as well as
our current cv's. The AccuBase name stands for accuracy based testing. To
my knowledge there is no more accurate test available from any source than
the AccuBase A1c Test. This is the exact method that was used in the DCCT.
The company started in 1992 and was the first ever home collected test (even
before AIDS testing). We would be delighted to further discuss our company
and our products with you. As you can see, a cv of 5.8% compared to a .66%
cv is dramatic. Our phone number is 888.872.2443, please give me a call.
Chief Scientific Officer
I think we're going to try this one out . . . If you''re interested in
finding out more, here is their web site: www.diabetestechnologies.com
Pumpmama to Katie
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