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   Posted 12/13/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone tell me if it is okay to use your test strips past their expiration date and, if so, how far past??
I am getting conflicting information!

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   Posted 12/13/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I would think that you're getting conflicting info because there is no single right answer. How long your strips wll last is probably dependant on how hot and humid it is where you are, and how many times and for how long the vial has been opened. There's a good reason the strips are packaged with dessicant.

Think of it like eating food from your fridge that's past its "best before" date. Will you get sick? Probably not, but why risk it.

If you insist on using out of date strips, at least compare a few from each vial to the results from strips that are not out of date.

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   Posted 12/13/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My meter will not read the strip if it has expired. I don't know how it knows but it will error out if past expiration date!!
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   Posted 12/13/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I've used strips past their expirations date and had no problems as long as it hasn't been opened and sitting around.
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   Posted 12/14/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   

Some meters are built to throw an error if a strip is out of date. I had a precision eXtra that did that. I wound up throwing out 50 strips that were 1 week out of date because I forgot I had them when I switched over to the UltraSmart- I called Abbott labs and they told me - too bad.


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   Posted 12/21/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
This is why I use the inexpensive Prestige IQ meter. Cheap strips can be purchased online. Reasonably accurate, uses regular AA batteries, no brainer for me. The meter companies are giving meters away so they can get us hooked on their strips. I think it's a racket especially when they have programmed the durned meters to give error codes on outdated strips! I would dump that meter pronto.

If they have room to do that programming on the meters they could actually spend some time and make them a lot more accurate. WOW! This really burns my bisquits! mad
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