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New Blood Glucose Meter Sets New Standard for Diabetes Management

By January 5, 2011

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There are many blood glucose meters on the market. A new one, called the Pepex Trio, has some unique features that may set a new standard for glucose monitoring.

Trio contains a side loaded, disposable smart cartridge that snaps into the meter. The cartridge provides a week's supply of glucose test chips that can produce a lancet, collect the blood sample and analyze the sample all without ever touching or the sharps. This eliminates the need to handle both the lancets and the glucose strips. The glucose test strips are disposed of when all of the chips in a cartridge have been used. The test disposable test chips would also be more cost effective than typical glucose test strips.

In addition to ease of use, this meter has better accuracy and reliability than most meters currently on the market. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has petitioned for tighter limits on the allowable rate of error for blood glucose meters. Currently the allowable rate is plus or minus 20%. Pepex Biomedical, maker of the Trio, believes their product will set a new standard for accuracy and reliability when it becomes available.

If and when this meter becomes available, would you replace your current meter with the Pepex Trio for the new technology's accuracy and convenience benefits? Post your comments below.

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January 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm
(1) John says:

The only potential restaining factor to changing to the Pepex Trio might be the cost. If it were reasonable for the meter and cartridges, of course I would. Less hassle, less to carry and probably less trips to a restaurant restroom to test my blood.

January 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm
(2) Roy says:

I think that lots of us would change based on ease of use but if it also costs us less and is more accurate then I’m all for it. What would be interesting is a cost analysis on $ per test.

January 11, 2011 at 3:39 am
(3) Dave says:

I would consider it if the accuracy is demonstrably better. I don’t see an actual convenience benefit (handling lancets/strips isn’t half as much hassle as remembering to test (and when) or calculating bolus amounts based on the test result) and cost isn’t a concern for me (I live in Sweden, so all diabetes supplies are free).

I am, however, extremely disappointed with their decision to advertise the device as carrying “a week’s supply” of test strips/chips – if it takes more or less than seven days to exhaust a cartridge, does that mean I’m testing with the wrong frequency? I checked out their site and wasn’t able to find a direct statement of its capacity, but one page does show a large enough image of the device that you can read “12 strips” on its screen, along with a design-type diagram in which a row of 12 strips is visible ‘inside’ the body of the device, taking up nearly its full width. A dozen strips may be a week’s supply for someone with type 2 who’s solely on oral meds, but, as a type 1, I normally go through that in a day and a half and there have been times when it wouldn’t even last me a full day. I’d much rather stick with containers of 50 conventional test strips (which actually will last me about a week) instead of being limited to 12-strip cartridges, especially when they’re produced by a manufacturer whose advertising states that I test far too often (which could make it more difficult to get an adequate supply if doctors start believing that each cartridge truly is a “one-week supply”).

December 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm
(4) Curly Surmudgeon says:

Beware Pepex.

What was once a promising company moved 2,000 miles to escape paying employees and contractors, the founder has been indicted on 74 federal counts, the co-founder left and Pepex is now in the hands of a Vulture Capitalist trying to wring out every cent even while evading debt to the team who brought this technology to fruition.

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