CVS/pharmacy launches new Advanced Glucose Meter

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CVS/pharmacy launches new Advanced Glucose Meter

By Antoinette Alexander - 11/13/2014

 



WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has introduced a new CVS/pharmacy Brand Advanced Glucose Meter, a Food and Drug Administration-approved meter for at-home glucose monitoring.



The meter and test strips are first in a new series of glucose meter solutions that will aim to offer customers more options and save them money, the retailer stated. A 100-count box of the CVS/pharmacy Advanced Glucose Test Strips can cost as little as 23 cents per test strip, which is considerably less expensive than many of the equivalent test strip options available in-store from alternative brands.



Key features of the new CVS/pharmacy Brand Advanced Glucose Meter include proven clinical accuracy, no coding, large memory storage capacity, and a large backlit display with a simplified user experience that displays results in seconds, the company stated. Another benefit of the new meter is that it requires only a very small 0.5 microliter blood sample size.



“Our launch of this new CVS/pharmacy Brand Advanced Glucose Meter underscores our commitment to cutting edge healthcare and offers customers with diabetes a better option an easy way to monitor their blood sugar levels,” stated George Coleman, VP of merchandising, store brands and quality assurance, CVS/pharmacy. “Our customers deal with unique health challenges every day and we know one of the best ways to help them is to introduce technologically advanced health aids that are still affordable and convenient.”



The new CVS/pharmacy Brand Advanced Glucose Meter is available at CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide immediately for $17.99 and on CVS.com.



A 100-count box of the CVS/pharmacy Advanced Glucose Test Strips — developed specifically for the CVS/pharmacy Brand Advanced Glucose Meter and sold exclusively at CVS/pharmacy — will cost $22.99, which is considerably less expensive than many of the equivalent test strip options available in-store from other brands that can cost as high at $170 per 100 count box. For those without insurance, this offers a significant value. For customers who do have insurance, but may have a high co-pay, this can be a less expensive and easier solution.



For CVS/pharmacy customers who use the Advanced Glucose Meter test strips, this equates to an average cost as low as just 23 cents per strip, which is three to seven times lower than most other options available in-store, based on comparisons of retail prices from a sampling of national options sold at CVS/pharmacy at the time of launch. Customers can save even more by signing up for the Ship & Save program on CVS.com, which allows for an extra 20% savings, free shipping and automatic monthly deliveries.



Customers can also get their blood sugar levels checked by a MinuteClinic family nurse practitioner or physician assistant and receive personalized counseling, instant results and educational support. Most insurance plans are accepted.



According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased more than 10-fold over four decades, a dramatic rise that is considered epidemic in proportions.