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Blood Sugar Testing

The National Clinical Programme for Diabetes has provided updated guidance on self testing for people with type 2 diabetes. Research has indicated that blood glucose testing has a limited benefit for many patients who do not take insulin to manage their diabetes.

Based on best evidence, the HSE is introducing changes to the number of blood glucose test strips it will provide for people with type 2 diabetes while ensuring those who need test strips to help manage their diabetes will continue to have access to them. The new changes are based on recommendations from a review by the Medicines Management Programme (MMP). This review looked at international evidence and best practice guidelines along with national usage (available on www.HSE.ie/yourmedicines).

Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division