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UniStrip1 vs. OneTouch Ultra Blue: Does a Generic Strip Hold Up?

Diabeticcare is committed to bringing quality and affordable glucose testing supplies to our customers. Recently, we have started to offer Unstrip1 Test Strips as a cost-effective alternative to the brand name OneTouch Ultra Blue Test Strips. The two test strips, UniStrip1 and OneTouch Ultra Blue, are both made to work with OneTouch Ultra Meters with UniStrip1 is advertised as the “generic alternative” to the Blue test strips. UniStrip1 was approved by the FDA at the end of 2013 after undergoing extensive clinical trials.

UniStrip1 is made by UniStrip Technologies, LLC, a company dedicated to creating affordable, high quality, and easy-to-use test strips for those who can’t spend a lot on their diabetes management or who don’t have insurance to help them. It features accurate results that are closely comparable to the results obtained by using the OneTouch Ultra Blood Glucose Monitoring System, provided the meter was manufactured before 2012, as after that time the two are no longer compatible, however the coding of the Unistrip1s is 49 in the OneTouch meters as opposed to 25 for the original strips.

In an effort to stay true to our goals, we encouraged our customers to create an independent review of the new Unistrip1 diabetic test strips.

The Results!

Review 1:

A long time customer and his wife tested the two kinds of test strips in a side-by-side comparison. The result using the UniStrip1 test strip was 195 compared to the Ultra Blue strip that gave a reading of 98, which is his usual range. His wife’s results were 131 with the OneTouch Ultra Blue strip, and 234 with the UniStrip1 strips.

Review 2:

Another participant compared the Unistrip1 and the OTUB over two days at the same time and using the same finger. His readings had a difference of 18-20 points, the Unistrip1 reading higher both times.

Review 3:

A Customer who is a doctor and knows testing backwards and forwards, and who has adjusted his food/exercise lifestyle to control his diabetes, also tested these strips. His first reading was 86 OTUB – 136 Unistrip1. Second reading was 90 OTUB – 125 Unistrip1.
He says these are not acceptable differences and asked for a refund on the four boxes of Unistrip1’s he purchased. He did order 4 boxes of the OTUB’s and says he’ll continue to order from us and loves our products and service.

Review 4:

Another longtime customer, says “the Unistrip test strips you sent me do NOT work”. She said if they’d been consistently off by 20 points it wouldn’t have been so bad, but they’re all over the board ranging from 8-42 points different than her OTUB test strips. She’s returning 6 boxes, but did order OTUB’s. And she read the instructions and set her meter at 49 versus 25.

We encourage our customers to exercise great caution when monitoring their diabetes. Inaccurate blood glucose readings can allow for unnecessary and possibly dangerous adjustments to insulin. Please consult your doctor before switching types of test strips.

*DiabeticCare makes no warranties or representations and disclaims all express, implied and statutory warranties of any kind to user and/or any third party, including as to accuracy, timeliness, completeness, merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.*

5 Responses to “UniStrip1 vs. OneTouch Ultra Blue: Does a Generic Strip Hold Up?”

  1. David says:

    I also purchased the new Unistrip1. Comparing both strips I found that Unistrip1 gave a much higher reading then One Touch Ultra. I am going to stick with the One Touch Ultra.

  2. Nell Brunst says:

    I was surprised to read the comments concerning the the results of their testing these test strips against the One Touch strips. I ran a comparable test on these strips for a week and found the results very satisfactory, there was only a few points different each time, using the same blood and the same finger. I am still making random tests of this strip and have found that the results are much in line with the OTU. The last test I made yesterday, the results were exactly the same numbers. I think it was 123 on both tests. My meter is only a year old, but I have used the One Touch Meter for years, so I feel comfortable using this strip Nell Brunst

  3. Nell Brunst says:

    I would like to add one more thing to my comment. I noticed that if I used the meter immediately changing the code the reading was different, so by waiting a few seconds and allowing the machine to adjust the reading was more in line with the One Touch reading. This could have been my meter.

  4. Laurence W Smiser says:

    I have done a little experiment with my unistrip1 strips. I set the code to 37 and read my blood glucose at 135. I changed it back to 49 and did another read and got 125. Using math I extrapolated the correct code to give a value of 114 which is my estimate of what the Onetouch Blue strip would read and got a code value of 62. However, the highest code on my OneTouch Ultra 2 is 49! That is why the strips read high. Apparently the change for an increase in 1 unit of code is -.8333 in the glucose value. Apparently anyone using the unistrip1 will get values about 11 points higher than the actual. Actually I got 11.4 units high averaging all the readings on my Unistrip1′s and comparing them to the average for my Onetouch Blue strips and adjusting the averages to give a 0 correlation for all the readings. 148 readings in all 51 for Unistrip1 and 97 for Onetouch Blue.

    • Connor says:

      Hello Laurence,

      Thank you so much for the excellent comment! I’m sure it will help anyone who is trying to transfer between the two meters.

      Thanks again,

      DiabeticCare Team

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