Viva Aviva!

A dozen companies market bloodglucose meters in the United States,but Accu-Chek, by Roche Diagnostics, isnumber one in sales both in the UnitedStates and worldwide. They were also oneof the first brands of blood glucose meters.The original Accu-Check bG came out in1982.

Currently, Roche Diagnostics sells fivemodels of Accu-Chek meters here: theActive, Advantage, Compact, Completeand Voicemate.

In May the Food and Drug Administrationapproved Roche’s newest meter, the Accu-Chek Aviva system. Roche says that theAccu-Chek Aviva will have a suggestedretail price of $65 to $75 and will ship inAugust.

Roche provided me with a sample meterfor my review. What I like best is itsprecision, small blood sample size andspeed.

The new strips used by the Aviva are large,touchable and easy to handle. They have alarge dosing area that makes it easy to seewhere to apply the blood sample.

The Accu-Chek Aviva gives reliable resultsin five seconds and requires just 0.6microliters of blood—one of the smallestblood samples required of any meter.

The small sample size means you aren’tlimited to testing on your fingers. You canuse less painful alternate sites, such as yourpalm, forearm, upper arm, calf or thigh.

Other important features of this meterare its ability to work with Accu-Chek’sCompass diabetes management software,its up to four daily programmable acoustictest reminders, and hypoglycemiathreshold warnings that you can set fromglucose readings of 60 to 80 mg/dl.

Roche Diagnostics says that the Accu-ChekAviva has an ergonomic design. Moresimply, I would say that it just feels goodand solid in the hand.

Finally, a pleasant surprise were threewords written on the back of the meter:“Made in USA.”

Long live the Aviva!

Multiclix Lancing

Roche Diagnostics packages the Accu-Chek Aviva system with the Multiclix, a new lancet device integrated with a drumof six 30-gauge lancets. It gives you achoice of 11 different depth settings.

This is not the company’s first drum. TheAccu-Chek Compact meter uses a drumso you don’t have to handle its test strips.But handling lancets is more challenging,and the drum is likely to be evenmore appreciated.

The Accu-Chek Multiclix issurprising small, barely largerthat the Accu-Chek Softclix lancetdevice. Roche Diagnostics plansto sell the Accu-ChekMulticlix separately foruse with any meter.

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