In recent years Apple stores began selling fitness devices other than those offered by long time partner Nike+. The company also added Withings’ WiFi-enabled scale to its store shelves. Soon followed iHealth’s iOS Blood Pressure Monitor dock and more. This week Cupertino’s retail stores have begun selling Sanofi’s iBGStar device, the first FDA cleared iPhone-enabled blood glucose meter. MobiHealthNews learned about the launch during an on-site meeting at Sanofi headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey this week.
MobiHealthNews first reported on the iBGStar back in September 2010 when Sanofi and its partner device maker AgaMatrix released the first images of the device, which was also known as AgaMatrix’s Nugget device.
While the devices may still be making their way to some brick-and-mortar locations — Sanofi expects them to be in the stores by May 15 — Apple’s online store and Walgreens.com are already selling the device. Apple is offering the iBGStar for about $100 while Walgreens has priced it at about $75. (An iPhone or iPod touch is not included, of course, and while the meter works without the device, much of its value would be lost without one.) Since Apple will not be selling testing strips for the device, its iBGStar package includes 50 strips, which explains the higher price. Walgreens’ iBGStar package includes just 10 strips, but additional strips can be purchased at Walgreens or from the store’s website. Sanofi says the prices work out to be about the same.
While Walgreens has an exclusive arrangement with Sanofi to sell the device and strips, Sanofi’s Shawna Gvazdauskas, VP and Device Head for US Diabetes, said that any pharmacist can order the device for a patient through McKesson.
Sanofi’s iBGStar is tiny. Some of the other bloggers and diabetes community leaders that attended Sanofi’s demo day this week noted that the device’s size alone is an impressive feature.
The device’s companion app, called iBGStar Diabetes Manager App, launched on Apple’s AppStore early last month. The app helps users analyze their glucose patterns over time, track eating and other activities that may have influenced their levels, and email data to care providers or others. The collected information is also displayed as scorecards that show individual test results in different colors that are coded to indicate high, low and within range blood glucose results. Readings from the iBGStar device are automatically loaded into the app when synched, and those readings are “locked” in — users are not able to edit them. Those readings also are indicated by a lock symbol on the corner of their scorecard, while any manually entered readings are marked with an “x” to indicate that they are editable and were manually entered. Sanofi expects that information to help care providers who might like to know which readings came from the device and were not edited. Keep reading>>