Cost-Effectiveness of Blood Glucose Monitoring Is Controversial

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The American Journal of Managed Care, June 2008, Volume 14, Issue 6

TO THE EDITORS

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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: sherrie.aspinall@med.va.gov.

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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: stunis@us.imshealth.com.

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