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How Long before???

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Treysmom, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Treysmom

    Treysmom Approved members

    Sep 23, 2006
    This is a question coming off Allisa's post.

    How long would you continue to use the blood ketone strips after changing the date on the meter. I just want to get an idea how long you think they would be safe.
  2. bz'smom

    bz'smom Approved members

    Aug 19, 2006
    You read my mind Robin! I was thinking the same thing after reading her post! We have some that expired Nov. of 08...wonder how long I should hang on to them?
  3. KeltonsMom

    KeltonsMom Approved members

    Sep 12, 2007
    We have used them 6 months past expiration and compared the readings to strips that were not expired, both readings were dead on or very close.
  4. BozziesMom

    BozziesMom Approved members

    Jul 16, 2008
    I don't know if this would apply to strips, but back when dinosaurs roamed the earth I worked in the Bedrock pharmacy... and as I understood it, the expiration dates on Rx tablets ran 6 months earlier than the actual expiration of those... just for safety's sake.
  5. allisa

    allisa Approved members

    Jan 13, 2006
    that's good to know Alyce.....I have used aspirin, etc past exp. dates....but I would be hesitant to use anyhting diabetic related after it expired.....

    I did replace my strips for future use.....


    I find the "doling" out of Diabetic supplies SO SO frustrating.....

    ketone strips are a good example.....I use them VERY infrequently....I'd rather get them a box or 2 at a time....but.....no.....

    however the prescription is written....I get about 8 boxes ......and.....as happened....they expire before I use them....what a waste !

    That and insulin as well.....I know this has been discussed before because I was a part of the discussion.....but I HATE the fact that I am throwing out half a bottle of insulin every month.....what a WASTE of money and insulin !!

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