Do you believe the readings on your glucose meter are accurate? The FDA, ADA,TES, AACE, and the Diabetes and Technology society and met to determine appropriate standards of accuracy for glucose meters. In the March 12 edition the Journal of Diabetes and Technology, the authors state “Glucose meters are assumed to be accurate and are widely used to make therapeutic decisions. Yet there are significant differences in accuracy between and within meter brands, which is often unknown to clinicians and their patients.” While the ADA recommends 100 percent of the values be within 5% error the current meters may not be able to meet these standards. They are proposing all meters be within 10% and the accuracy testing data be included with each meter. Because accuracy can vary at different levels of glucose, they are considering having 3 control solutions in the low, medium, and high ranges. They also emphasized each manufacturer would need to provide more patient information about the role and accuracy of glucose meter testing and use of the meter in general. New start-up companies would have to meet these standards as well.
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