Yes, absolutely. I get my share of Error 5's. If you don't like it, the BD is still available -- it's under the brand Novamax (and Novamax Link for the one that talks to the pump) now. Go to http://www.novacares.com
Personally, I was happy when they switched from BD to OneTouch because I found the BD results to be wildly inaccurate, though the less amount of blood was certainly nice. I don't know if Nova has improved on the strip technology or if they've just repackaged BD's old design, but it's there if you want to look into it. There are probably offers for free meters out there too, though I'd guess strips are harder to find.