After reading an evaluation article where the conclusion was that the manufacturer’s glucose meter was best, I went through some journals to see how often this happens. I searched 2 journals through 2012-2016.
To be included in the list below, the article had to meet the following criteria:
- The study was sponsored by a manufacturer
- There were 2 or more meters, not all by made by the sponsor
The results are shown below. Eight articles met the criteria. Some articles were clear whereby the article’s conclusion was that the manufacturer’s glucose meter was best. In other articles, I had to look through the data. If the manufacturer’s glucose meter was best, the score was 1, if some other manufacturer’s glucose meter was best, the score was 0, and in one case, it was a tie so the score was 0.5. The N refers to the number of meters in the article.
J Diabetes Sci Technol
|2016 1316-1323||Sanofi||BGStar / iBGStar||BGStar / iBGStar||5||1|
|2015 1041-1050||Bayer||Contour||Contour Acc-Chek||4||0.5|
|2012 1060-1075||Roche||Accuchek||None declared best but Freestyle was best||43||0|
|2012 547-554||Abbot||Optimum Xceed||Optimum Xceed||6||1|
Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics
|2014 113-122||Ypsomed||Mylife Para / Mylife Unio||None declared best||12||0|
So 69% of the time the manufacturer’s glucose meter was best.