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Ruby

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No, I didn’t realize John Cameron Swayze was related to Patrick. Small world. Now I wonder if he can dance, too.
My Coaguchek S stopped working while in warranty and would have been replaced free of charge with another S. The XS was just released to the market, had been recommended to me so I paid the full price. And it’s worked out very well for all these years. Sorry yours didn’t work out as well for you. I think it’s a great product and very reliable.
 

pellicle

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I’m asking because my XS has been in use since 2006. Last week XS was dropped to the floor
while I haven't dropped mine yet, I can say that its "been around" (international travel fairly extensively from where I got it (Australia) Finland, UK, Central Europe. Mine however was obtained in 2012. So your experience bodes well.

8 years of weekly tests (lets not bother with counting the other adhoc and series of daily tests on occasion adds $1.40 per test, which will continue to drop over time (pun intended).

As an ex-electronics tech (really, where are the jobs for that role now) I can say that the coaguchek is about as robust (and perhaps as sophisticated) as a TV remote control.

:)
 

Eva

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Good morning ,
i just noticed this post now. So there was a time your XS gave a test result significantly different from the lab. I had thought XS, if broken, wouldn’t test at all. What is meant by “died”. I’m asking because my XS has been in use since 2006. Last week XS was dropped to the floor. I called called Roche who sent me test liquids. When used a comparison was made to the number that appeared on the screen with the appropriate number associated with the liquid batch number. They matched. All was well including the two blood tests subsequently taken. XS didn’t have to be replaced. It took a lick in’ and keeps on thicken’.
Yes! What I meant by *died* is it failed completely.
 

Ruby

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Not sure, too long ago, but I thought the “S” and the “XS” both took the same strips. Based on my experience with the “S”, I’d be surprised if any were still in service. Not sure what to make of the newer model and I’d totally forgotten what “S” Looked like just remembering it was big, bulky and convenient to rest my feet on while flying to England.
 

Protimenow

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I don't think the X and XS use the same strips.

Five or so years ago, Roche announced that it would stop making the S and that no more strips would be available. I'm pretty sure that this took place.

Ruby's message was that 'the XS was just released to the market' - at the time of the XS release, the S WAS fully supported. It took a few years before the S was discontinued.

I had an S many years ago - I bought it for around $40, not knowing that I'd be able to use it for a little more than a year.

The S is history. The XS replaced it (but used different strips).

In addition to the new XS meter that Pellicle showed, Roche also has one called the Vantus. This didn't show prothrombin time - it just shows INR - and was designed to ONLY be used by Roche's monitoring service. They were supposed to send it to subscribers, and asked to have it returned when a subscriber canceled the account.

A few are out there - perhaps purchased from Roche at the end of the contract. At this time, there's one offered on eBay.

The new XS is, I think, called InRange - it's supposedly not for sale in the United States - intended for the EU, but sellers are offering it on eBay.
 

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