Meet Your Me­ter night in Porirua

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Peo­ple with di­a­betes are be­ing en­cour­aged to take ad­van­tage of in­for­ma­tion and train­ing to help them change over to three new full­funded blood glu­cose me­ters.

Phar­mac be­gan fund­ing the me­ters and test strips from the CareSens range in Septem­ber last year for those peo­ple en­ti­tled to the sub­sidy.

From March 1 only the CareSens range of blood glu­cose me­ters and test­ing strips will be funded in New Zealand.

For most peo­ple who use a blood glu­cose me­ter, this means chang­ing to a new me­ter.

Phar­mac chief ex­ec­u­tive St­ef­fan Crausaz says dur­ing the lengthy phase- in pe­riod, in­for­ma­tion and sup­port is be­ing pro­vided to me­ter users and health pro­fes­sion­als.

‘‘It is really im­por­tant that peo­ple have their new me­ters and new test strips, and are con­fi­dent about us­ing them be­fore their old test strips run out,’’ he says.

He says the change will free up $10 mil­lion in fund­ing each year for Phar­mac to in­vest in other medicines for New Zealan­ders.

A Meet Your Me­ter meet­ing, to give peo­ple a chance to choose which of the three funded me­ters suits them best, and learn about us­ing them, is be­ing held at the Com­mu­nity Bap­tist Church, 13 Sun­light Grove, Porirua, be­tween 5.30pm and 8pm, on Mon­day, March 11.

It will in­clude a 45-minute pre­sen­ta­tion at the start, and peo­ple can also ‘‘drop in’’ to learn about the me­ters at any time dur­ing the ses­sion.

Phar­maco, the sup­plier of the me­ters, is vis­it­ing health cen­tres and phar­ma­cies around New Zealand pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and train­ing so doc­tors, nurses and phar­ma­cists are well placed to help pa­tients.

Peo­ple can also find in­for­ma­tion on­line at www.phar­mac.govt.nz and www­care­sens.co.nz; or they can talk to some­one on 0800 GLU­COSE (0800 458 2673).

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