TRUEtrack vs TRUEtest Test Strips: What’s the Difference?

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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The TRUEtrack and TRUEtest blood glucose test strip boxes look nearly identical because they are both made by the same company, Nipro Diagnostics, and they can be very difficult to tell apart. The problem is that the TRUEtrack and TRUEtest strips will only work in their respective meters and cannot be interchanged, so you need to know which type your meter takes. Here’s a quick guide:

TRUEtrack:

These test strips are only used with the meter TRUETrack blood glucose meter. This meter is available under the brand name of your favorite retail store such as CVS, Walgreens, or other retail locations (it will be a store brand meter).

TRUEtrack test strips are covered by Medicare and many Medicaid plans, and have a lower average co-pay than other systems for many private insurance plans.

TRUEtrack test strips:

For more information on TRUEtrack click here.

TRUEtest:

These test strips are only used with two meters: TRUEresult and TRUE2go. Both of these meters are available under the brand name of your favorite store such as CVS, Walgreens, or other retail locations (also store brand meters).

TRUEtest test strips are covered by most private insurance plans, Medicare Part B, and most Medicaid plans.

TRUEtest strips:

For more information on TRUEtest click here.

Pharmacy Prescription Pick-Up Tip:

It is important to make sure you are receiving the correct strips from the pharmacy, especially since these products look very similar to one another.

I suggest double checking that you have been given the correct test strips before leaving the pharmacy counter so that you do not have to make an unnecessary trip back—or discover, when you are about to test your blood sugar, that you have the wrong test strip.

Below are some picture examples of the TRUEtrack and TRUEtest test strip boxes from different pharmacies for a side-by-side comparison of their similar packaging.
 
   TRUEtrack test strips    VS    TRUEtest test strips

 

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