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just how "expired" would you use a test strip?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by valerie k, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. valerie k

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    embarrassingly enough, I found a stash of test strips that are a year out. Thanks to insurance, I have plenty for matt. I wonder if these are still working to give them away. They just got packed up in a box when we were re-doing our dining room/living room floor in hardwood. they have been in the house the entire time, never getting to hot or cold. I hate the thought of waste...
     
  2. swellman

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    I might try a control solution or perhaps 3 if it's one that has 3 and see what I see. Is it a year past the manufacturer's expiry or when they were filled? I probably would not risk strips 1 year past expiry.
     
  3. kiwikid

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    I found some Accu Chek ones that expired in 2008 - they were pretty spot on with the current meters I tested them against.
     
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    We just had a malfunction with our main meter today. The strips for our extra meter expired May of 14 and they worked fine and were right on. I had to reset the date on the meter to 2013 to get it to work. I think as long as the strips are kept at a fairly constant temperature and dry they probably have a very long life. Expiration dates keep the profits up.
     
  5. wilf

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    I would test them against current strips (maybe 3 tests) and use them if they seemed reasonable. :cwds:
     
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    With the exception of antibiotics, I use meds that are far past expiration date. I've never had a problem. I agree that most expiration dates exist to keep profits up. Just my opinion, however...
     
  7. swellman

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    I have to say, having a resource actually in the pharmaceutical industry at a level that would know I can say with confidence this is a very cynical view of the industry as well as completely wrong. Shorter expiration dates actually have a negative effect on sales and competitiveness.
     
  8. MomofSweetOne

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    My daughter used some NovaMax ketone strips when the Precision X-tra meter went missing. They were almost 2 years expired. Not ideal, and definitely not recommended by our endo, but better than nothing. I was glad she was testing ketones when she felt she needed to. They read something like 0.3 when the urine strips said nothing.
     
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    we've used BG strips that had expired about 4 months previously. If you're going to use them i'd just every once in a while compare them to non expired strips if you can. That's what we did and the expired ones were always accurate with non-expired strips. We've used ketone strips that were up to a year expired.
     
  10. quiltinmom

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    I'd use them, unless I had good reason to think they weren't working right. Like someone else said, In a pinch, expired strips are better than no strips. I'm not sure what insurance says about giving away supplies they paid for, but I would feel wasteful to just throw them away.
     

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