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    Does everyone here go through A service?

    Hmmm... I haven't checked this post in quite some time. For me it is what Boomanchu said. I feel more in control of my health. Not to mention I don't like that its basically a scam. They've set it up so the meter and strip manufacturer can make more money. Seems ridiculous to me that I cant buy...
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    Does everyone here go through A service?

    For those of you that are interested I have received a response from the FDA. If a representative from Roche or Alere or anyone else tries to tell you the FDA requires you to go through their service they're not telling you the truth. This is the FDA response: We have completed our...
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    Does everyone here go through A service?

    I wish it was that easy Protimenow. Tom has just described my recent experience. The employee with the FDA I have been in contact with told me there is no FDA requirement that you sign up with a service. They're still looking into it and I stay in contact with them so they don't just brush it...
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    Does everyone here go through A service?

    I agree with everything you just said. As I have stated previously I contacted the FDA and have someone working on getting answers to some of my questions regarding the need for a prescription and going through a service. As soon as I get some answers I'll post what I find out.
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    INRatio 2 test strips in Canada

    I'm already seriously considering switching over to the CoaguChek. I have spoken with 3 people at the FDA Division of Immunology and Hematology Devices trying to get answers regarding the difficulty of purchasing test strips in the U.S. So far the only answer I have is they are investigating and...
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    INRatio 2 test strips in Canada

    Based on one of the responses in my previous post it sounds like they can get them from a pharmacy. I have some phone calls in to the FDA to try and find out why we in the u.s. can't simply purchase test strips from a local pharmacy.
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    Does everyone here go through A service?

    Thanks, Pellicle. I believe its a cock and bull story as well. I actually have some phone calls in to the FDA to try to find the truth. I don't understand all of the security around selling the test strips. I swear I could buy a controlled substance easier. Why can't I just purchase them at a...
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    Does everyone here go through A service?

    Thanks everyone for the replies. I guess I should have been a little more clear. I have been self testing and managing since 2006 and just calling my results in to my doctors office one a month. I also own my own machine and until now have purchased test strips out of pocket. The problem now is...
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    Does everyone here go through A service?

    Thanks for the reply. After reading your post I called Edgepark and it sounds like Allere has to be involved.
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    Does everyone here go through A service?

    It seems like every year it gets more difficult to get test strips. My doctor is fine with me home testing so I don't see the need to go through a service such as Philips Medical. It seems though that these companies are trying to put every roadblock in place that they can to force me to go...
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    Cardiologist in Central Florida

    Thanks for the condescending tone Protimenow. That really helped me out. I'm happy you can afford test strips to test every week.
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    Cardiologist in Central Florida

    I've been making a few phone calls and it sounds like there are a few now that will allow patients to home test but they all go through another service like Philips which I guess used to be QAS. I just have to wonder why they use these services, I know the monitoring service is probably making a...
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    Cardiologist in Central Florida

    Does anyone know a cardiologist in Central Florida that allows home testing? I switched a couple of years ago because the office that set me up with home testing startedcharging me $25 each time I called in my results (I might understand it if they provided the machine and/or the test strips). I...
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    Slightly dilated aorta and chest pain?

    I had my mitral valve replaced due to bacterial endocarditis over 5 years ago. On my last echo my cardiologist mentioned I had a slightly dilated aorta and said it wasn't anything to worry about but we'll keep an eye on it. The last couple of weeks I have occasionally felt some mild pressure in...
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    Frustrated

    Thanks for the replies. I eat steel cut oatmeal with walnuts every morning and tried fish oil but it didn't do much. Maybe I'll try a statin again with the COq10.
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