iBGStar iPhone blood glucose meter gets FDA clearance and is now available to buy

iBGStar blood glucose meterThe iBGStar blood glucose monitor by Sanofi for iPhone and iPod touch has now gained FDA (Food and Drug Administration) clearance and is available for sale in the United States. The iBGStar was first talked about way back in 2010 and it has taken nearly two years for it to become commercially available in the US.

Sanofi US announced today that the iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring System, consisting of the iBGStar blood glucose meter and iBGStar Diabetes Manager App, is commercially available in the U.S. iBGStar is the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared blood glucose meter that directly connects to the iPhone and iPod touch, offering accurate blood glucose monitoring that seamlessly integrates into the lives of people with diabetes. iBGStar is available for purchase at Apple Retail Stores and all Walgreens stores nationwide, online at Apple.com, Walgreens.com and through Diabetic Care Services.

The iBGStar consists of a glucose monitor that attaches to your iPhone or iPod touch via the 30 pin dock connector. The information is then used by the companion app that is available from the App Store. The iBGStar has been available in the UK since March this year and now it is also available in the US too. The iBGStar costs $99.95 from the Apple Store and is compatible with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch as well as the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S.

Source: Multivu, Apple Store

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iBGStar iPhone blood glucose meter gets FDA clearance and is now available to buy

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This is why I don't buy the rumors of the change in dock connector at this time. There are too many things that rely on it I don't think that will hold Apple back for ever, but not sure if 2012 is that time.
And @Luis - I remember it too. Can't believe how fast time flies.

Find a Canadian friend and get him to buy it for you, its only 64.00 cdn up here and is a great accessory

There is one problem that I see with buying a canadian unit for use in the US. The units used to quantify glucose in blood are different in those countries. US uses milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), whereas Canada uses millimols per liter (mmol/L). One Touch units are set to use one unit or the other at the factory and cannot be changed afterwards.
Molecular weight of glucose is about 180g/mol, so if you want to convert mmol/L to mg/dL, you simply have to multiply by 18. If the canadian unit is fixed on mmol/L as a unit, and you are willing to make the conversion yourself, then go right ahead. :)
I don't think that 30$ justifies having to go through all the trouble though... :)

Clarification: I used One Touch devices as an example. I'm not sure about the iBGStar as to the unit setting, if it can be changed or not.

I can change my measurements back and forth, so it is basically universal, as the software that accompanies it from apple is as well

Good news then!
I've been going over the canadian version of the user's manual, and could not find any procedure to switch units. Could you provide them here, so people who do buy the canadian glucometer can switch it to mg/dL?

Sounds like you need to order the test strips through this company in order to use this product - which seems odd - not sure what the cost of these are compared to regular test strips.

I would like to hear what diabetics have to say. This does not elimate the need for a separate pouch for the unit and supplies and adds a lot of bulk to meter. Only advantage I see here is tracking software.

I got this meter yesterday (6 May). Yes you have to buy their strips, that's the deal on all meters. The meters are relatively cheap, but the strips hover at about $1 each.
The meter is $80 at Walgreens, and it's about the height as the black area that the home button is in, and as wide as the iphone itself. it's slightly thinner and tapers a little more. There's one button on the unit itself. Like most meters inserting an empty strip in it turns it on when not connected to iPhone.
For a glucose meter, this is overall the smallest I've seen (9 years diabetic). The strips aren't bad at all they don't take too much blood (an issue with other meters which ends up wasting the strips). The little display on it looks like OLED maybe? It's not color, but that's not too big of a deal.
The app is awesome, lets you use it even when the meter is not connected to enter food and insulin and meds. When the meter is attached and you test it shows an animation for the ~5 seconds that it takes to calculate the reading. You can send your data to people via email, and it'll show trends and other similar info. The app is free, you can use it without the meter. The first time you plug the meter in it takes you to the app store to get the app too.
The iPhone integration is a gimmick, definitely, but even with the jar of strips, lancing device and extra lancets it's still the smallest pouch of any meter I've ever owned. Right now I own six or seven different models of meters, the oldest about a year old.

I agree, the iphone part is minimal, just for downloading the info directly, but the software is great and I have been able to track much more than before, and they will continue to work on the software as well...and the pouch is the smallest I have had to date as well

I wonder if insurance companies would cover something like this. My wife is diabetic but with my insurance, all her testing stuff if 100% covered. She would love something like this but her meter also controls her insulin pump. If this company integrated the meter and pump into one app and accessory, then that would truly be impressive.

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