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At Home/In Office - A1CNow and A1CNow+ - Studies of Their Accuracy

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  • At Home/In Office - A1CNow and A1CNow+ - Studies of Their Accuracy

    Contrary to assertions that in-home and in doctor's office A1C tests are accurate enough, according to this article in Endocrine Today, A1CNow and A1CNow+ are not proven to be accurate enough for "routine use."

    What I read clearly is that there are studies that absolutely say they are not good enough to be used for regular use.  I also read that a "redo" study was done by the manufacturer (Bayer) and then it passed but this article can not say the product was actually improved - just that it passed the second time around.  Warning signals go up in my mind.  Having worked for a company that had to MAKE products pass certain government tests and knowing what they will do to get them to pass, I'd put money on it, they rigged/manipulated the testing and they did not improve the accuracy of the product at all. 

    These tests have to be certified in order to be covered by Medicare and by the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program.  They also have their own Medicare billing codes, separate from lab A1C billing codes - thus, many insurers are paying for two per visit!  That's fine to determine if the in-office tests are accurate but double billing insurers will cost us all in premium increases.  I prefer to wait the few hours it takes a hospital lab to do my A1C.  I choose to do it a few days before my appointment so the doctor has the results before I arrive.  My hospital lab is open 24/7 so i can do it on my schedule.

    In conclusion, I will continue to demand in lab A1C testing only. 

    Happy reading.



    Doris J. Dickson

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Nov, 03, 2008 10:56 AM

    Not sure about the "happy reading".  I've never been one for reading articles like this - I do my best to take in what I can understand.

    One thing - here in Canada we cannot do home testing for our A1C.  Our so called "communist medicare system" (as some American politians have been calling it lately during your election year <lol>) - means you trot down to your local clinic / hospital - wait up to 2 hours to see the blood vampire - and viola - results are sent to your doctor.   This has to be done by a prescription from your doctor as well.  For those that have $$$'s or private insurance from work (some will pay up to 80% of the cost) - you can go to a private clinic and bing, bang, boom - back to work in no time at all.

    Very interesting about your comment of companies that you've worked for in the past that "MAKE products pass".  I think many of us have thought the same thing - but to hear it from an insider such as yourself - scary stuff - they're playing with human lives here!!!

    I'm with you Doris thought - on having it done by a lab!  Who knows if Spot the dog might have joggled you during the A1C test at home - and buggered up the final results.

    Bayer (1) National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (1) Medicare (1) A1CNow (1) A1C (1)

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