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Where to Find Blood Ketone Test Strips?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by sszyszkiewicz, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. sszyszkiewicz

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    I am looking for the best place to buy

    Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Test Strips

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Amy C.

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    I order them online. You probably have to ask a pharmacy to order them. They would come in the next day.
     
  3. swellman

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    We get them through our mail order pharmacy. They are not cheap but we do have an Rx for them.
     
  4. valerie k

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    you can get them at walgreens and walmart, call and have them ordered ahead of time, about 50.00 a box. I haven't tried online yet. perhaps its cheaper. Matts insurance wont pay for them, yet, are willing to pay for an ER visit..... isn't that sad.
     
  5. sszyszkiewicz

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    I visited both those stores yesterday (along with CVS/Target and Rite Aid)......they don't have them on the shelves. I assumed they would. I ordered them online and it was about $50 ($5 a strip!!!). They come wrapped I hear, and we would only need them in an emergency so I just ordered them.

    I will however talk to my pharmacist to ask them to order it and have it there the next day...and save me the shipping.

    I had just heard about this capability a week or so ago, and I am like....why didn't they tell us about this at the hospital before we left? I mean what if your kid is dehydrated and cannot give a urine sample to test! Duh.
     
  6. MomofSweetOne

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    I sent my daughter to the bathroom to test ketones at 2 a.m. once, and she was so sleepy she forgot. We got the ketone meter shortly after that.

    Our hospital, though, still tests ketone with dipsticks. Nothing like real-time data, is there? I was shocked at some of what I saw in what is considered a top hospital.
     
  7. valerie k

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    sorry, should have told you to go to the pharmacy and order them. you don't need a script to buy, but they don't normally v\carry them, nor will they put them out on the sales floor for sale.
     
  8. quiltinmom

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    You don't need a script but if your insurance covers them it may be cheaper to get with a script. Your endo would be a good person to ask the best way to get them.

    My pharmacy keeps all test strips behind counter to prevent theft. You may have to ask if they have them; don't assume they don't have any just because you don't see them out.

    Good luck.
     
  9. KatieSue

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    I just ordered some off Amazon. I was a bit disappointing they weren't individually wrapped anymore. They came in two vials (same size as test strip ones) with 5 each in them. Not a big deal but we really don't use them often and I liked having them individually wrapped.
     
  10. mmgirls

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    If you have problems getting a pharmacy to order them here is the info from the box

    Precision Xtra Blood B-Ketone Test Strips (no coding)- these are the individually wrapped ones

    UPC 093815707455
    NDC 57599-0745-1 and under that is 70745-65
     
  11. mmgirls

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    what is the UPN and NDC #'s?

    I wonder if they are different that the wrapped ones. I too like the wrapped ones.
     
  12. KatieSue

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    I'll have to check when I get home.
     
  13. Snowflake

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    Our old insurer didn't cover blood ketone strips (our current insurer covers 20 bk strips every 3 months).

    When we didn't have coverage, we ordered Nova Max blood ketone strips from the website American Diabetes Wholesale, http://www.americandiabeteswholesale.com/

    As I recall, they ran about $23 for a box of 10. If you sign up for ADW emails, they frequently send coupons and discount codes, and they also offer free shipping for orders over a certain amount. We were always strategic about timing the order to maximize those kinds of savings.
     
  14. mamattorney

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    We had an endo appointment today and got a prescription for the Precision Blood Ketone test strips. I took the prescription to Walgreens and they just handed it back to me saying they couldn't even get them through their distributor. :Shrug:

    I called our DME company, but they said the strips were strictly a pharmacy item and it wouldn't be covered under DME. But they are mailing me out the meter itself.

    Finally, I went to our mail away pharmacy site and sure enough they showed up in the formulary (2nd tier, so a higher co-pay, but better than nothing). So, I mailed the paper prescription away to the mail order pharmacy and hopefully all will be fine.
     

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