American Diabetes Association

Resold diabetes strips cause health concerns

Resold diabetes strips cause health concerns

On Charles Street, inside the Belvedere Galleria, a company run from a small office offers cash for people's leftover diabetes strips, the tiny tabs used to test glucose levels, which are crucial to managing the disease.

An Internet search for "sell diabetes strips" turns up numerous websites offering to buy the strips via mail.

The demand for more affordable strips — some brands cost $1 each and the typical testing regimen runs three times a day — has created what some call a "gray" market for reselling them. Buying and selling the strips is legal, but the practice has raised concerns from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Diabetes...