Wednesday, May 23, 2007

iTest (aka AgaMatrix Keynote)

I've seen the buzz on a couple of different blogs about the new AgaMatrix Keynote meter (in particular at Amy's Diabetes Mine, and Bernard's Blog).

I was feeling a bit left out and bummed that the website for this seemingly cool new meter didn't mention anything about being offered in Canada.

However, imagine my excitement this morning as I browsed the Sympatico MSN site, I saw an ad on the right side of the page for Canada's version of the AgaMatrix Keynote: the iTest. Honestly, I couldn't believe my eyes! It always seems that technology takes so much longer to arrive north of the border.

For the few Canadians out there in the blogosphere, if you are interested in the iTest, fill in a form on their site for a coupon to get a free meter (i.e. it's free with the purchase of 100 test strips, of course). They will e-mail the coupon with a list of pharmacies in your area currently carrying the meter. Handy information, since it seems that not all pharmacies are on board yet - I haven't decided yet if I will wait to see if my pharmacy is going to carry it, or if I will have my prescription moved to a pharmacy that does. I have a pretty good relationship with my pharmacy, so I think I will see if they would be willing to order it in.

I suppose I will also need to check with my insurance company to see if they cover the strips.

Not sure how soon I will get around to it all, but I will keep you posted on my progress!

7 comments:

AmyT said...

Hi Lori,
Great news that you can get it in Canada! Let us know how it goes...

Drea said...

I did get the itest, was quite the fight - but was sent one from the company to try ... I tried it, but my local pharmacy did not stock the strips so I put the meter to the back of the cupboard :)

Adjoa said...

iTest has been available in Canada since January 2007 (at least in Vancouver, BC) I used it for a while. But I have so many strips for my other meter and went back to it.

LORI said...

Drea and Adjoa - You two already knew about it? And here I was, thinking that I was giving out some real "news" to the Canadian D-world. LOL I hadn't even heard of iTest until yesterday.

Bernard said...

Lori

That's good. Are the test strips for the iTest less expensive than others? Down here 50 strips are about US$19 for the KeyNote, while most other meters strips run US$5 or more higher for the same quantity.

LORI said...

Bernard - I checked with a local pharmacy that carries the iTest, and 50 strips are $41.99 CDN. I'm not sure how much a box of 50 normally costs in Canada since I buy boxes of 100 for my One Touch, but I think it's in the same price range as the other brands.

Michael Park said...

I love the iTest!!!Strips are reasonably priced, and blood sample is teeeenytiny!!!