The new blood glucose meter also uploads readings to smartphones.
The Accu-Chek Guide blood glucose meter from Roche is now available in the U.S., featuring Bluetooth integration with smartphone apps, new highly accurate strips, and a new SimplePay savings card to save money and get a free meter. Most notably, Roche has significantly dropped the price of strips for those paying cash (without insurance): the first vial of 50 strips costs $19.99, and each additional 50 strips cost an extra $10. That means $29.99 for 100 strips and $39.99 for 150 strips, all the way up to $129.99 for 600 strips. The strips are also highly accurate, as 95% of measured glucose values fall within 10% or 10 mg/dl of the lab reference value – far better than many meters. Blood can be applied anywhere on the end of the strip, rather than only to a narrow fill window. On the design front, the no frills Bluetooth-enabled meter uploads readings to the Accu-Chek Connect smartphone app (available for iOS and Android devices), which features a built-in bolus advisor once activated by a healthcare provider.