- Nov 4, 2012
- Queensland, OzTrayLeeYa
only the Roche as far as I know because I've been told that the Coagsense is freely available
This is the reason I switched to a service. The direct buy options are eBay or a revolving door of suppliers. A service does cost more (through my current ACA insurer), but I never have to worry about acquiring strips ...
Yeah that's correct. I'd be happy to buy via Rx from a pharmacy or medical distributor here in the US even if not covered by insurance as I did in the past
but for some reason Roche is no longer allowing that.
only the Roche and only because of (one really must wonder why) the wording of the specifics of the Coaguchek XS approval.One other fact to note is US Federal law restricts sale of medical devices like an INR meter
It's two different things...
1. Yes available for sale direct to patients but...
2. Still requires a prescription from a Dr. as specified by the FDA. Legit medical suppliers will specify that on their website.
well I seem to recall that the wording of the FDA approval was key to them turning the entire US market into their PoC gimp (and maybe nice incentives by companies like Allere who make money for nothing (and their Chicks for free) out of this.CoagSense made a different business decision from Roche in allowing sale direct to patients for some reason. That has nothing to do with the FDA.
only the Roche and only because of (one really must wonder why) the wording of the specifics of the Coaguchek XS approval.
not based on what they have told me, but then I have no interest in using that device for all the problems that have been identified with it.
ok ... perhaps they just haven't mentioned it. However they can buy them, and I'd have thought you should be able to buy a Coaguchek in the same manner.Yeah I realize people manage to buy CoauguSense without a prescription but from an FDA standpoint prescription is required.
I bought both of my XS meters off eBay for around $150 each. They’re definitely both used meters. For one of the meters you can tell that the seller 3D prints their own strip guides and battery covers. That’s cool with me … and they did a great job with the printing. The other meter looks 100% original.
FWIW, I’ve done back to back tests between the meters and in both cases that I did this the result was only 0.1 different. Totally acceptable in my book.
I, personally, think it’s nice to have a backup in case you get an INR reading that makes you say “hmmmm”. Do you need a backup meter? Definitely not. I just think it’s nice.
... One other fact to note is US Federal law restricts sale of medical devices like an INR meter and test strips to physician ordered sales only. In other words an Rx is required...
I've got two back ups as well. Got my first Coaguchek for $220 used on eBay. It has always tested accurate against the lab. The last check it was exactly the same as the lab. About a year ago I picked up another used meter on eBay for $50 and a few weeks later I could not resist picking up a third for $30. They have all tested accurately.
I will never ever waste my time calling them again. I already called them something like 3-4 times last year to ask when they would be billing me and how much it would be (this was b4 they even started billing my insurance company BC/BS). No one there could/would tell me a goddam thing other than something like I was not yet in their billing system so they had no information they could give me. Eventually (like a year later) they did submit bills to BC/BS most of which were denied because they took so long to submit the bills that they were no longer even legal (or something). In the meantime I owe them something like $20-25 leftover from what BC/BS did allow towards the end of last year or beginning of this year (I 4get) yet still, they have yet to bill me for even that balance. Think I talked about this stuff earlier in this thread and others had similar experience with them.