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Re: [IPk] New FreeStyle bg meter

On Tue, 10 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>>I am told that the meter will not be released in the UK, as the strips are
>>too expensive, and the Department of Health will not pay for them.
>This is the latest gen I have got about the new Therasense LifeStyle meter
>that uses a drop of blood no bigger than a pinhead blah blah blah.
>It appears that the NHS/Department of Health are extremely ruthless
>negotiators, being almost monopoly purchasers of bg testing strips in the
>UK. They name a "reasonable" non-negotiable price, and the seller can take
>it or leave it. This means that the NHS can buy strips at about half the
>price that, say, German hospitals get them. This is good for the efficiency
>of the NHS.

Fascinating! Good for Therasense (but not for us!)
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