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Diabetes Update: Kill the Meter to Save It

Number 25; November 15, 2001

By David Mendosa

This newsletter keeps you up-to-date with new articles, columns, and Web pages that I have written. I list and link most of these on my Diabetes Directory at

From time to time Diabetes Update may also include links to other Web pages of special interest.

My most recent contributions are:

    on October 31, 2001
  • WebMD
    My "About the Internet" column for the American Diabetes Association's Web site features the Internet's biggest general medical Web site. That makes it the best. To see why that is you can read the column at

    on November 15, 2001

  • InteliHealth
    InteliHealth is another general medical Web site. While it's not the biggest, it is outstanding in what it offers. The site's credibility is particularly high as much of its content comes from the Harvard Medical School. This site is the subject of my most recent "About the Internet" column for the American Diabetes Association's Web site. The URL is

Updates include:

  • We Had to Kill the Meter to Save It
    LifeScan's new philosophy reminds me of the famous quote from an American officer during the Vietnam war. "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it," a major quoted by Peter Arnett said about Ben Tre, a city leveled by the American response to the Tet Offensive.

    LifeScan killed its FastTake meter on November 5, 2001, saying "The constant high demand for the One Touch FastTake Test Strips has had an impact on our ability to supply everyone at the levels we are accustomed. Therefore, this meter is being discontinued in order to provide sufficient test strip capacity for current One Touch FastTake users."

    How about that! A meter so popular that it had to be discontinued. LifeScan now markets just four different blood glucose meters in the United States. Meanwhile, Roche added the Accu-Chek Compact to its much larger line. I have updated my Blood Glucose Meters page, part 14 of the On-line Diabetes Resources, accordingly. The URL is


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