Blood glucose test strips

The HSE-Medicines Management Programme (MMP) identified preferred blood glucose test strips (BGTS) with associated meters for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus in February 2021. This review was updated in December 2021.

The MMP recommends the following preferred blood glucose test strips (listed in order of ascending prices as of 1 December 2021) :

Blood glucose test stripsCodeReimbursement Price (50)
Finetest Lite blood glucose test strips85131€6.95
Microdot Max blood glucose test strips97637 €7.46
Accu-Chek Instant test strips85132€8.54
Glucomen Areo Sensor test strips85110€9.44
Mylife Unio test strips97607€10.50
4Sure blood glucose test strips94170€11.22
GlucoRx Nexus test strips85120€11.27
GlucoRx HCT glucose test strips85139€11.27
Accu-Chek Mobile test cassette (50)85543€11.81
Contour Next blood glucose test strips15963€14.30
One Touch Verio test strips68321€14.30
Freestyle Optium test strips10051€14.30

The MMP recommends that healthcare professionals should give due consideration to the use of a preferred blood glucose test strip when:

  •  commencing self-monitoring of blood glucose
  •  changing BGTS in people who are currently using a BGTS which is not one of the preferred products.

This evaluation was undertaken in accordance with the process outlined in the MMP roadmap for the identification of preferred blood glucose test strips with associated blood glucose meter(s) for adult patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The MMP has developed resources to support the prescribing of the preferred products. These include a preferred blood glucose test strip poster outlining:

  •  the preferred list
  •  associated meters
  •  ordering details for free meters.

Please see the related files section below for further information.