If you are a diabetic, test strips are an integral part of your disease management. Test strips are one of the most convenient innovations and help millions of patients keep a tab on their diabetes without having to go to a lab every time for their tests. Nearly all Big Pharma companies manufacture handheld digital glucometers and test strips.
We will be reviewing Bayer Contour Next Test Strips. Here are some of the key aspects that this review will cover
- Basic introduction to how strips work
- About Contour® Next Test Strips
- Elaboration of the key features
- Savings for the consumer
How Do Test Strips Work?
Test strips work by a simple chemical reaction. The chemical compound present in a test strip (the portion where the sample is collected) reacts with the glucose in the blood. This reaction electrifies two terminals on a test strip (which are inserted into the glucometer); the electricity is emanating from this reaction is measured as your blood sugar reading.
Bayer Test Strips
Bayer Contour® Next Test Strips are an innovative product that promises to make testing easier and also more pocket-friendly. The technology that allows for the convenience is patented, and the product is presented as a top of the line product in this category in the market. It is easily available at all major retailers, and also connected with health care providers, so users are eligible for a copay.
The Bayer Contour® Next Test Strip has the following features:
- No Coding® Technology
- Second-Chance Sampling
- High Performance
- Compensation for interfering medications like Vitamin C and Acetaminophen
- Tiny sample
- Five Second countdown
- Is used exclusively with Contour® Next Meters
Breaking Down Contour® Next’s Key Features
- No Coding – Coding in diabetes meters is a way to calibrate your machine to ensure that you get the same result no matter which testing strip you use. Most machines have to be manually coded (e., you have to enter the code in the machine). Bayer is the first company to bring about the No Coding® technology across its products. The patented technology in the Contour® Next strips makes this one of the most accessible test strips on the market.
Since a lot of meters have to be manually coded, the chances for errors are higher. There could be a mistake while coding the machine that will hinder your results. A botched test means you will not be able to manage the disease properly and will have to rely on a lab report. The entire point of investing in a portable, handheld meter is lost.
- Second-Chance Sampling – Another patented technology from Bayer, this kind of sampling allows a user to re-apply blood on a strip. The meter will indicate if a sample is inadequate and the user can re-apply the sample immediately. This saves extra patient strips, extra lancets, as well as the frustration of having to re-do the test. Even though the sample is applied again, the glucometer still gives an accurate reading. This feature makes the Contour® Next Strip a very economical piece of testing equipment.
- High Performance – The patented technology in Contour® Next strips makes this one of the best performing test strips in the market. The tiny sample size, as well as the no coding technology, makes this one of the most accurate test strips in this category.
- Compensation for interference’s – Interference’s in test strips can compromise your readings, and this can often be the difference between a well-managed life to a rapidly deteriorating one. Contour® Next strips caters for commonly occurring interference’s like Acetaminophen and Vitamin C, this again adds to the accuracy that the test strip offers.
- Tiny Sample – The sample size of handheld glucometers is measured in microliters. A single prick from a lancet doesn’t exactly produce a huge blood spurt. The user will have to apply pressure at the site of the wound to bring out more blood for the test. Contour® Next strips, however, use a tiny sample size of 0.6 microliters, which makes it very convenient for testing.
- Five Second Countdown – This is a basic feature and ensures that you make a log of your results.
- Exclusivity with Contour® Next meters – Contour ®Next uses a lot of patented technology. Not only that, this strip has a different formula from standard strips and needs to be used only with Contour® Next meters for the best results. Contour Next strips use glucose dehydrogenase-flavin adenine dinucleotide (GDH-FAD) as the substance against which blood glucose will react. This means it will not be compatible with most meters. Bayer is one of three companies that use this formula.
As a diabetic, one of the first things that patients look into is the money they spend on managing this disease. Contour® Next has a saving plan called Contour Choice which helps customers save more money. The more they buy, the more they save, and in the long run, this is something that customers will appreciate. Privately insured patients can save up to $105 on test strips if they buy more than 300 test strips.
Contour Next test strips are easily available online and in big-box retailers everywhere. The strips are most commonly available in packs of 50 (these are the ones eligible for the Contour Choice program benefits) as well as in packs of 35 and 70. However, these don’t come under the Contour Choice benefits.
This is where Contour Next is miles ahead of its competitors. A pack of 50 strips is priced at $12.78. This is by far the most economical option for diabetics.
Contour Next Diabetic strips combine patented technology, a great price point, as well as remarkable features to emerge as the best in the market in this category. The test strips, with the lucrative offers from the parent company, are a product that should be in every diabetic’s care kit.