Blood glucose meter change going well with pharmacy support

Blood glucose meter change going well with pharmacy support

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Pharmaco Diabetes: CareSens™ Premier Blood Glucose Monitor

Pharmacies nationwide are playing a key role in helping eligible people with diabetes change to new blood glucose meters. This is after Kiwi healthcare specialist Pharmaco (NZ) Limited was awarded the New Zealand sole supply agreement for blood glucose meters and strips by PHARMAC, late last year.

The Sole Supply period for CareSens meters starts 1 August 2018

For eligible people with diabetes, the new sole supply agreement offers four fully funded CareSens meters and associated test strips; including a dual meter that tests for both blood glucose and ketones:

  • CareSens N
  • CareSens N POP
  • CareSens N Premier, with Bluetooth technology
  • CareSens Dual, for both blood glucose and ketones and with Bluetooth

The CareSens II meter and its associated strips are being phased out with neither the meter nor the strips being funded after 31st July 2018. 

The new agreement covers an expanded range of CareSens Blood Glucose Meters, with enhanced technology, and associated test strips, developed in response to feedback from healthcare professionals and Kiwis who live with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Sandeep Sharma, Product Manager Pharmaco Diabetes, says the transition to the new meters has been progressing well and many pharmacies are focused on proactively checking whether their customers have the right meter.

“We are requesting that pharmacies double check all their eligible customers have the correct funded meter and test strips. If an exchange is needed, the customer gets the latest meter for free, and the pharmacy receives the brand switch fee, as long as it’s before 31st July.”

After 31st July, people will have to pay a co-payment for their new funded CareSens meter and pharmacies will no longer be paid a brand switch fee for changing people to the funded CareSens meter.

Pharmaco Diabetes: Transition period for Free CareSens meters ends 31 July 2018
Online training for all pharmacies

Pharmaco Diabetes has also developed an online training portal for healthcare professionals to assist in learning about the latest meters whenever it suits them. Many pharmacists have already opted to use this platform to be trained on the CareSens Dual meter. A new training module on CareSens N Premier meter will soon be available. 

“We are very pleased with this uptake - having at least one person in each pharmacy fully trained is the best way for pharmacies to support their customers,” he says.

Pharmaco has been the sole supplier of blood glucose meters in New Zealand since 2012.  The new range demonstrates the company’s commitment to continue innovating and introducing new technology.

Pharmaco's CareSens™ Dual Blood Glucose and Blood β-Ketone Monitoring System: Module 1


1 -              Diabetes is the result of the body not creating enough insulin to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in the normal range. Everyone needs some glucose in their blood, but if it’s too high it can damage your body over time.

Type 1 diabetes is an ‘auto-immune’ condition. Basically the body sets up an attack against the cells within it that make insulin. These cells are called beta cells and are isolated in the pancreas. The result is that the body does not produce any insulin (or very little) – (Diabetes NZ,, accessed October 2017)

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which your body isn't able to use insulin properly, resulting in high blood glucose levels. This can lead to a wide range of health problems if not treated (, accessed 2017).

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