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Roche Diabetes Care reassures that it will continue production of the Accu-Chek Aviva strip

Roche Diabetes Care has today confirmed that the Accu-Chek Aviva strip is not to be discontinued amid emerging rumours that it may cease production, following the phasing out of the Accu-Chek Aviva Expert meter. 

An estimated 75,000 people in the UK and Ireland use the Accu-Chek Aviva strip every month to monitor their blood glucose to support their diabetes management decisions. The strip first launched in 2005 and has been widely used across the Accu-Chek portfolio, including in the handsets for insulin pumps such as Combo, Inisght and most recently the Accu-Chek Solo micropump.

The strip will continue to be available and can be obtained with a prescription. Accu-Chek Aviva strips can also be purchased from selected Boots pharmacies and online outlets, such as Boots.com in a pack size of 10 or 50 strips. 

Dr Claire Marriott, Medical Affairs Lead at Roche Diabetes Care said “at this challenging time, people with diabetes who use Accu-Chek Aviva strips may have concerns about its availability. Those who use the Aviva strip can be assured that we will continue to produce them, and that they can be purchased without prescription, if necessary. I would, however, advise that they are only acquired from reputable outlets.”  

Current evidence suggests that people with diabetes are at increased risk from the COVID-19 virus. With the ongoing government advice for everyone to stay at home and to stay away from others, patients may be reassured to learn that the Accu-Chek Aviva strip can be delivered directly to their home.

Adults with type one diabetes are advised to monitor at least four times a day and may need to monitor up to ten times a day. Adults with type two diabetes may also need to monitor blood glucose levels frequently. People who use Flash or continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices also use finger-prick monitoring at times – in the event of rapidly changing glucose levels and whenever symptoms do not match their scanner result.

The Accu-Chek Aviva strip has been in production for over 15 years, and requires only a very small sample to perform a blood glucose test – 0.6µl of blood – as the strips quickly attract and absorb a tiny blood drop. The wider strip makes it easy to handle and use, and as it features a protective coating, it can be handled from anywhere on the strip without risk of influencing the blood glucose test result.

Dr Marriott added; “Existing users of the Accu-Chek Expert will continue to be supported by Roche Diabetes Care and will be offered replacement meters on an ongoing basis.  Meanwhile, we are delighted that healthcare professionals are embracing mobile options to manage diabetes, with the Accu-Chek Mobile System and mySugr app as an option for adults with diabetes who are monitoring their blood glucose and are suitable for a bolus advisor.”  

For more information on Accu-Chek Aviva strips, please visit: - https://www.accu-chek.co.uk/test-strips-and-lancets

23 April 2020

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