I was a longtime supporter of Coag-Sense. I even believed that they were more accurate than CoaguChek XS and some labs.Pellicle,
What is the reasoning behind this suggestion? Where I bought my monitor from the CoagSense was the only option and so far I am happy with it.
When they ousted their President a few years ago, the company changed. I noticed that my INRs were usually higher than the CoaguChek XS and most labs, although others reported a close correlation with the labs. I didn't know if there was something about my blood that made the Coag-Sense report higher values than the XS. They used to be within about .3 or .4 of each other.
Support from CoagSense became non-existent.
You can get the XS (or a machine from Roche that uses the strips) in most, if not all, countries. The same thing goes with the strips. Even if you never leave the U.S., you're fine with the XS. For me, as long as my INR is 2.4 or above, I'm happy - even if the CoagSense is right (probably reporting a 3.4), I don't worry about it. My real fear is my INR dropping BELOW 2.0.
I still have Coag-Sense strips, but I'm not really motivated to use it for testing -- even if the new meter is smarter and cooler than the XS.
Oh - FWIW - I now have two XS meters - both used. My second meter apparently came from a clinic or lab. They removed the backs and the blue cover for sliding the strips. In theory, this may have made it impossible to test with them, but it was easy to make minor modifications to the strip guide to make it work.
Even the new, $30 meter works fine.