Sorry, wrong reply. I don´t use the "Link" I use the the bulky, "original" one.
I have the Contour Next Link because it came with my pump. I like it because it not only transmits my bg to my pump it also serves as the link device when connecting to my computer for downloading to CareLink. I don't know how the previous meter worked with the Revel pump so I can't give a comparison.
Stemwinder, glad to hear you like your meter.
I use the Contour Next Link Meter, and I also have the earlier One Touch UltraLink meter. I do prefer the new Contour Next Link though - it's very easy to upload data to CareLink since you can do it simply by plugging the meter into your one of your computer's (PC or Mac) USB ports. It also has a nice backlight that the Ultralink does not have. I've also done BG comparisons between the two, and the numbers did not differ greatly. Your Diabetes Mileage May Vary, of course :)
The strips are not part of my insurance formulary, but Bayer provides a discount card to help with that - so they cost me only $5/month than the One Touch strips.
I'm currently using the One Touch UltraLink meter that came with my first pump. When I upgraded to the Revel in October, MM didn't send me a new meter. Not sure if they were out yet?
My insurance will cover the strips but, it's at a higher tier than the one touch strips. I'll end up paying an extra $30 if I decide to go with bayer. .
Can you please explain how the discount card works? I tried to read about it but, didn't have any luck finding out anything. Also wondering if I can use it in combination with my insurance?
I received the Contour Link with my new Revel shortly after Minimed announced the switch. I was given the UltraLink by another user (who had moved to a different pump) and used that while I still had many One Touch strips to use up.
Here is the link to the discount card and details, which is on Bayer's website: http://www.bayercontour.com/Meter-and-Test-Strip-Savings/ContourCHO...
I use it in combination with my insurance co-pay, so yes, you can do that.
Looks like the discount card if only valid till Jan 2013.
Kcfanning, click on the link that CracieSf posted.
The strips are tier 3 (expensive) under my insurance also. I use Mail RX home delivery so, I'm not sure if I can use the discount card with them. I may have to switch to my local retail pharmacy.
It makes me so happy to hear this. My CGM trainer mentioned this meter when i went on this summer... but I've heard nothing else. Should I call her and ask?
Sagwabetes, Never hurts to ask! Give her a call in my opinion.
Yep, I have been using the Contour next meter throughout the day. I still keep my old linked One Touch by my bedside (trying to use up any remaining bottles of One Touch Ultra test strips).
What I like about the Contour Next: it's small, the screen is in color, don't need a cable to upload data to Carelink, rechargeable battery.