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"Help" or Conflict of Interest

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Posted: Jul 14, 2009 10:08
  • "Help" or Conflict of Interest

    Roche Works for Diabetes Behavior Change/Patient Engagement

    This press release was published in today's Diabetes Health newsletter.  Here's is my response to this offer of "assistance"! 

    I have no objections to this article.  However, I strongly object to Roche or any other glucose monitoring (or pharma) sticking their nose in here.  I don't want or need their help.  Do your job - make the product accurate and sell life-saving devices at affordable costs and stay out of my "behavior"!

    These companies are the ones placing such high costs on testing products that have not technologically improved since they were originally placed on the market in the 80's.  There is only one manufacturer who is producing more accurate test strips and their strips are half the price of these other brand name manufacturers.

    I have it from a reliable and knowledgeble industry source that the cost of test strips is just a few pennies each yet look at the cost of most brand name test strips.  20% inaccurate and highly unaffordable to most people.  The additional "doohickies," color or smaller size on the monitors are irrelevant if I can not repeatedly, accurately test my blood sugar.  Being able to minutely adjust insulin doses is useless if I'm only 20% accurate with data I'm using to make those insulin injections.

    In addition, it is my understanding (from an industry sales person) that the reason there is little cost saving to the insured (as noted on an Explanation of Benefits) when using forced mail-order drug companies is that the cost is not reduced but kickbacks are taken instead!  Thus, insureds do not save money, premiums do not come down but profit margins increase.

    Roche (and other test strip manufacturers) should stay out of my diabetes "coaching" and "behavior changes."  It wreaks of conflict of interest.

    Doris J. Dickson

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