ACCU-CHEK Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices Are Least Painful

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Roche announced today that a comparative study conducted to evaluate differences in perceived pain and discomfort associated with blood glucose testing showed ACCU-CHEK blood glucose monitoring systems and lancing devices were deemed least painful.

Results indicated that, overall, the ACCU-CHEK Aviva and ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus blood glucose monitoring systems and the ACCU-CHEK Multiclix, ACCU-CHEK Softclix and ACCU-CHEK Softclix Plus lancing devices were least painful when compared to competitors. Those competitors were:

System - Lancing Device
Ascensia Contour - Microlet/Vaculance
Freestyle Freedom - TheraSense Freestyle
OneTouch Ultra2 - LifeScan UltraSoft

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"We are pleased a recent study confirms that our products are perceived as least painful for all three testing sites included in the study-finger, palm and forearm," said Roche Director of Product Marketing Jennifer Aspy. "Our patented, precision-guided technology is what makes the difference because there is no vibration when the lancet enters or exits the skin."

Aspy added that this vibration, which occurs with conventional technology, causes side-to-side motion. This motion coupled with the lancet stopping abruptly and then bouncing back result in painful tissue damage. The technology used in the ACCU-CHEK products works in an entirely different way to greatly reduce this painful damage. ACCU-CHEK lancing devices also offer 11 depth settings, so patients can find a lancing depth to match their skin type. This customized depth penetration avoids painful nerve endings. And high-quality ACCU-CHEK lancets use comfortable, thin 28- and 30-gauge lancets with beveled tips. Lower-quality lancets use larger needles, and many lack the beveled tips, causing skin trauma.

The study consisted of 165 subjects who tested at home at least 3 times a day for 36 days, testing on each site-finger, palm and forearm-with each of the 3 competitor brands and 1 of the ACCU-CHEK products. After testing was completed, responses by subjects to the products were compared. In a second experiment in a laboratory setting, the ACCU-CHEK Multiclix and ACCU-CHEK Softclix Plus lancing devices were compared individually to competitor lancing devices.

"There is no question that better management of diabetes results in better outcomes for the patient," Aspy said. "By offering a lancing device that results in least painful testing, we are helping to remove one of the barriers to adequate testing for improved diabetes management."

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