Do manufacturers always publish that their glucose meter is best?

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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.

Reference Company Meter Winner N Score

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
2013 1294-1304 Bayer Contour Contour 5 1
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 8-15 Bayer Contour Contour 5 1
2014 113-122 Ypsomed Mylife Para / Mylife  Unio None declared best 12 0
2012 330-337 Abbot Freestyle Freestyle 5 1

So 69% of the time the manufacturer’s glucose meter was best.

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2 Responses to Do manufacturers always publish that their glucose meter is best?

  1. Barbara Pęksa says:

    Is it acceptable to use glucometers during surgical operations as an only source of information about patient’s glycaemia? Could this information be used by an anesthesiologist or biochemical test should be performed?

  2. jkrouwer says:

    For major surgery, where blood gas values are needed, most blood gas machines have a glucose channel, which is more accurate then a glucose meter.

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