I look at the very very high delta price between e.g. generic and brand name test strips (both accepted by FDA standards). e.g. Wal-Mart ReliOn test strip is $0.18 each; OneTouch Ultra Blue is $1.52 each. I also had my blood drawn this morning for regular checkup; if I had no insurance I would have paid $120.00 for the blood tests, but because I have insurance the charge to my insurance company is only $7.52.
All the above meet the FDA standards.
Overall there is this incredible incredible disparity between generic and brand name prices, or between insured and uninsured prices. This is a huge huge problem to any sort of rational decision by an individual as to testing and glucose monitoring. The fact that there is a huge "grey market" of test strips out there is also a big problem, again a completely artificial problem that is the result of the artificial funny money prices that separates those with good insurance vs those with no insurance. The huge disparity means that it is not a free market that is encouraging innovation and competition to be the best and to get the best control. This is a big problem!!!