A few weeks ago, Jessica Sachariason, Public Affairs Manager for Abbott, reached out to me about doing a product review of a new blood glucose meter called the Freestyle Precision Neo. Now, being an Omnipodder, I don’t really have much use for a glucose meter because the PDM that controls my pod is also my glucose meter. But Jessica mentioned that the Freestyle Neo was going to be a low-cost glucose meter and available without a prescription. Since so many of us know people who struggle to afford test strips, I thought this would be a great product to share.
So here are my thoughts after using the meter for a few days —
- The meter is very slim and lightweight.
- Test strips are sold between $14-$17 USD for 25 strips and a one-time fee for the meter, which ranges from $22-$28 USD. That’s $0.68 or less for a single test strip. My Freestyle Lite test strips retail for $87.99 for a box of 50 at CVS, which is $1.73/each. HUGE savings.
- The glucose reading is big and easy-to-read.
- It has a touchscreen.
- The strips are foiled wrapped, not in a bottle. I find foil wrapped strips more difficult to open, especially when you’re low.
- The screen is white font on a black background, which is my least favorite contrast.
- The lancing device that comes with the meter is ridiculously hard to open. I actually couldn’t figure it out and just used my Delica (although to be fair, I don’t really like my Delica either).
Freestyle meters are known for having some of the best accuracy in the industry (albeit that’s not saying much considering how poor accuracy standards are for test strips, but that’s for another post, ay?!). The Freestyle Neo strips are made with the same quality standards as the other strips, Jessica reports, which is good to hear. I compared a couple readings between the Freestyle Neo and my PDM, which uses Freestyle Lite strips, and the results were within reason. But since I was comparing between two Freestyle products, other people using different brands may notice different results.
I think this is a great option for people who might not get sufficient quantities of test strips from their insurance companies. I know how annoying and detrimental those quantity caps are! I also think this is a great option if you’re traveling, have an issue with your glucose meter and need a back up. It won’t put a huge dent in your wallet!