Why are diabetes strips so costly? [Letter]

June 03, 2014

The Sun's recent article regarding diabetes test strips ("Resold diabetes strips cause health concern," May 31) ends with a quote asking the question, "...how can we get this important expense covered for patients so they don't have to feel they need to turn to an alternative?"

Unfortunately, The Sun misses the most important point and that is: "How can test strips, literally made in the millions, cost so much at the retail level?" That is where the investigation should be directed.

Could it be that we do not have a cost-based item plus reasonable-profit sale price, but a market and insurance-driven sale price which bears little relationship to the cost to produce and market the product?

H. Glen Miller, Wiseburg

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