Cost-Effectiveness of Blood Glucose Monitoring Is Controversial



VA Center for Medication Safety, Hines VA

Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, VA

School of Pharmacy

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Los Angeles, California

Funding: None reported.

Author Disclosure: The authors report no relationship or financial interest with any entity that would pose a conflict of interest with the subject matter of this article.

Address correspondence to: Sherrie L. Aspinall, PharmD, MSc, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (151C-H), 7180 Highland Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. E-mail:


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Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Noblesville, IN

Funding: LifeScan, A Johnson and Johnson Company.

Author Disclosures: The authors (SLT, MEM) are employees of IMS, a company that provides contracted research consulting to LifeScan.

Address correspondence to: Sandra L. Tunis, PhD, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, IMS Consulting Services, 14701 Cumberland Rd, Ste 107, Nobelsville, IN 46060. E-mail:

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