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Blood Glucose Meter Program
Preferred Test Strips
Effective October 1, 2009, Bayer and Abbott products became the preferred brands of test strips for all of our prescription drug programs. Both of these brands offer your patients simple and accurate testing strips and monitoring systems. Accu-Chek® and OneTouch®, are now non-preferred and therefore no longer included on our formulary.
For Abbott monitors, the preferred test strips include FreeStyle®, FreeStyle Lite®, and Precision Xtra®. For Bayer monitors, the preferred test strips include Contour®, Breeze®2, Elite®, and Autodisc®.
Prior Authorizations Required
If your patient chooses to use a test strip that is not FreeStyle®, FreeStyle Lite®, Precision Xtra®, Contour®, Breeze®2, Elite®, or Autodisc®, you will need to complete a prior authorization form on your patient’s behalf. If the prior authorization is not approved, the non-preferred test strips will not be a covered pharmacy benefit for your patient, and he or she will be responsible for the entire cost of the test strips. If the request for the non-preferred test strips is approved, your patient will be charged the highest level of cost-sharing.
Free Blood Glucose Meters
Both Abbott and Bayer blood glucose meters are available at no cost to our members. Below is a comparison chart of important features of the blood glucose meters and corresponding test strips. The preferred brands rank high in patient satisfaction and can be used in several test sites, as listed below.
|Blood Glucose Meter||FreeStyle®||FreeStyle Freedom® Lite||Precision Xtra®||Contour®||Breeze®2|
|Sample size (uL)||0.3||0.3||0.6||0.6||1.0|
|Test time||5 seconds||5 seconds||5 seconds||5 seconds||5 seconds|
|Approved test sites||Fingertip, hand, forearm, upper arm, thigh, calf||Fingertip, hand, forearm, upper arm, thigh, calf||Fingertip, palm, forearm, upper arm||Fingertip, palm, forearm||Fingertip, palm|
|Sample fill technique||Side||Side||End or top||End||End|
|Calibration type||No coding||No coding||SmartChip (process ketone data)||Automatic||Automatic|
|Height of read-out (mm)||10||20||19||12.5||11|
|Corresponding test strips||FreeStyle Lite®||FreeStyle Lite®||Precision Xtra®||Contour®||Breeze®2, Autodisc|
To order a free meter from Abbott or Bayer, you or your patient should contact the manufacturer directly using the information below.
- Abbott: Call 1-866-224-8892 or visit www.meters.abbottdiabetescare.com
- Bayer: Call 1-877-229-3777
For More Information
If you have questions about our preferred diabetic test strips and corresponding meters, please contact FutureScripts®*, our pharmacy benefits management company, at 1-888-678-7012.
* FutureScripts® is an independent company and serves as Independence Blue Cross’ Pharmacy Benefits Manager.
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