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July 23, 2016

dave

For many years, we have used finger sticks as the standard for diagnosis and management of diabetes. I can remember inviting patients to come to the pharmacy for a “diabetes day” where we offered free testing, and we would often find patients with elevated glucose levels. We would also spend time getting patients to check their glucose 4-6 times a day to help them learn to manage their diabetes. This was often the hardest thing to do long term, and patients would have many more readings in their logbook than on their meter.

Thanks to technology, this is all changing. We now can use an A1c test to diagnose diabetes and Item #3 looks at unique places that this testing is being done. We also have the latest information on using CGM instead of finger sticks for managing diabetes based on the new FDA indications, and our good friend from Diabetic Investor shares his comments on how this new FDA guideline may change the whole monitoring business.

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief