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Dexcom sensor expiration date ?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by dpr, May 21, 2016.

  1. dpr

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    Like most everyone we milk our sensors on restarts until they go bad. Now I've got so many sensors that I've got a whole box that expires the middle of next month. Does anyone know if they actually start to degrade or if it's just there for sterility?
     
  2. Megnyc

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    I am using a sensor right now that expired 3.3.2016 and it is working perfectly. Also, I have noticed the sensors I have gotten recently have had a much longer time before expiration so I am not sure if they changed them recently. I think technically they degrade but I wouldn't hesitate to use them personally. I used a sensor in February that had expired in October (found it in a closet) and it was fine.
     
  3. Dad_in_Canada

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    I'm speculating that a minor issue may be that if an expired sensor fails before 7 days, and you call Dexcom for a replacement, they may not replace it. Every time I've called in a failed sensor, they ask for the lot number, which tells them the expiry date.

    But again, I'm just speculating.
     
  4. dpr

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    I'm not too worried about that. I can warranty our own sensors, I've got over 2 years of sensors on hand, I just don't want them to waste away.
     
  5. quiltinmom

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who stockpiles. ;). Last fall it came back to bite me a little bit (long story), so I'm resisting the urge now. We ordered a 3 month supply of sensors in December, and since we often get 3-4 weeks out of them, it will last a long time. I keep getting calls for pump and cgm supply reorders...It's a balance between maximizing costs and making sure we can use it before expiration. Not to mention all the what-ifs that run through my mind. :)

    As long as it being out of warranty isn't a big deal, I'd still use them. I don't see why they wouldn't work just fine. Maybe he adhesive would eventually get old, but even so, there's tape for that. :)
     

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