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My insurance unfortuantely does not cover the IV3000 tape for my sensors. Does anyone know where I can buy them cheaper and/or if you can tell me how you got your insurance to pay for it?
My insurance won't cover it, either. So I'm joining this conversation to see if anyone else has had success in getting it cheaply! Good luck to both of us!
I bought some on amazon.com - I think they were $29 for a box of 100.
Yay I am checking there right now! I was wondering the same thing!
I order it through Amazon as well: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O0CE00/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00
Currently, the price is $38 for a box of 100, though it tends to fluctuate at times. Ordering through Medtronic is about double that.
I don't know how active you are, but I had trouble with those tegaderm patches creating an environment like a terrarium, especially when running hard, rowing, or mountain climbing, and then the adhesive on the sensor won't hold.
My solution, very cheap too, as it happens, is to use 3M Nexcare tape. I cut two pieces; a shorter one to hold down the sensor end. Then another, longer piece (about 2") over the opposite end on the transmitter. Cost is negligible and no more problems. It is a little more fiddly to put on, but not more so than the patches.
I have done this for the past 5 months, living on a sailboat, and have a good experience so far.
Adhesive on the sensor?
I didn't like the IV3000 tape, in fact, I hated it. I used tape for a while, but my skin didn't like that either. I went to Walgreens and found the Tegaderm 3M's, which I love, and just went to buy some more today. Never even thought to try Amazon though. Will do that next time.
Each of us is different -- I'm violently allergic to Tegaderm, but do just fine with IV3000. And I'm glad to know that Amazon sells tapes -- that means that we can each find which tape works best for us! :-)
Many people like Opsite Flexifit. It's cheaper to use and comes on a roll in different widths
LOVE Opsite Flexifit. I use it on my Dexcom sensor. The stuff lasts forever.