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Two new blood glucose meters are now available, adding choice for people with diabetes who can access them free of charge through the NDSS

Healthcare specialist Pharmaco has launched two new blood glucose meters, which expands their full meter range to five.

The two new meters are the CareSens Dual, which is for both blood glucose and blood ketone measurement, and the CareSens N Premier.

Both meters are Bluetooth enabled and best suited for high volumes of testing.

The extended range and their associated test strips have been introduced in response to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) announcing Pharmaco as one of the providers awarded a contract under its revised Product Schedule.

This is part of the Department of Health’s review of the blood glucose test strip sector.

The meters and test strips from the CareSens range will be available from diabetes healthcare professionals, nurse educators, pharmacies and online, starting 1 December 2018. 

Under the contract, each of the five meters will be provided to people with diabetes free of charge, with test strips being available through NDSS community pharmacies.

Pharmaco Head of Business (Australia) Avi Ramcharan says the aim is to offer people different meters to best suit their specific needs.

“Whether you have type 1 or 2 diabetes, are a regular or occasional tester, need audio readings because of visual impairment, Bluetooth communication or ketones measured as well, we have a meter to suit,” says Mr Ramcharan.

“The breadth of our range helps healthcare professionals to look at the specific needs of each person, before recommending a meter.  We want to give people control and comfort over the meter they recommend or use.

“Managing diabetes can be complex so it’s vital for meters to be easy to operate, accurate, high quality and technically advanced, all of which are attributes of the CareSens range.”

Pharmaco has been providing blood glucose meters and test strips in Australia since 2014 and has also been the sole provider in New Zealand since 2012.

Its full range of meters includes the following:  

  • CareSens N – a highly popular large screen meter, ideal for lower levels of testing
  • CareSens N POP – one of the smallest meters on the market, and has a backlit screen
  • CareSens N Voice – features audible readings for the visually impaired
  • CareSens Dual – measures both blood glucose and ketones, and is Bluetooth enabled
  • CareSens N Premier – suitable for larger volumes of testing and Bluetooth enabled for direct uploading of readings for self-analysis or sharing

This week the government announced that some NDSS products will become more affordable for many people with diabetes from 1 December:

Blood glucose test strips and urine test strips:

  • cost to the registrant is reduced for all people without a concession card
  • cost to the registrant is reduced for most people with a concession card

Insulin pump infusion sets and reservoirs:

  • no cost change to the registrant for people without a concession card
  • cost to the registrant is reduced for all people with a concession card

Insulin syringes and pen needles:

  • no change
  • co-payments for insulin syringes will continue to be subsidised by State or Territory Governments.

A new Product Schedule will be provided.

People with diabetes registered on the NDSS will also be eligible to receive a free blood glucose meter associated with their preferred new brand of blood glucose test strips.

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