As of September 28, 2006, BD will no longer sell the BD Logic meter and has withdrawn from the blood glucose monitoring market
BD entered the blood glucose monitor market with two products that use the same underlying meter technology: the BD Logic, which looks like a traditional blood glucose monitor, and the BD Latitude, which is essentially a hard-plastic carrying case with the monitor built in. Both products use the same BD test strip and have identical meter features, such as a 5-second test time, 0.3 microliter blood volume, 250-test memory, and multiple averaging functions. Our review will focus on the BD Logic. The BD Latitude was withdrawn from the market in the spring of 2004, though users can still get test strips.
The BD Logic has a soft, rubber-like edge on the lower half of the meter, making it very easy to hold securely in your hand. The BD Test Strips come 25 to a container, and the container is slightly smaller than those for other test strips. The test strips can be handled and are easy to insert into the meter.
After coding the meter for the test strips, you're ready to test. The end-fill test strips wick up quickly and easily and require only 0.3 microliters for the test. Test results are displayed in 5 seconds.
The BD Logic comes with the highly-rated BD Lancet Device. In addition to the lancing device, the BD Logic also come with new BD Ultra-Fine 33 lancets, the thinnest lancets available. With such a small blood volume requirement, the thinner lancets work fine. Since receiving alternate site approval, all BD Logic meters include a clear lancet device cap. All consumers with a BD Lancet Device can call BD (888-BDCARES) to receive a free clear cap.
Based on our testing, the BD Logic is easy enough for young kids to use by themselves. The BD Logic offer 7-day, 14-day, and four 3-day, time-specific averages, though only the 14-day averaging is enabled right out of the box. You need to follow the instructions in the user's manual to enable the 7-day and time-specific averaging, as well as the insulin dosage recording feature. There was no indication as to why these features are not enabled by default.
The time-specific average feature is quite interesting, as it reports on the average of three readings that were performed at approximately the same time over the past five days. You define the midpoint of a two-hour window for each of the four periods. By default, the times are 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 6:00 pm, and 10:00 pm. These time-specific averages can help you identify patterns in blood glucose readings that might indicate a need to make adjustments in insulin dosage.
Key features of the BD Logic include:
- Fast test results -- 5 seconds
- Small blood volume (0.4 microliter)
- Small size and weight (easily fits in a kid's T-shirt pocket)
- End-fill test strips that can be touched
- 250 test memory for storing blood sugar and insulin readings
- 7-day, 14-day, and 4 time-specific averages
- Large, easy-to-read display
- Data interface port (same as test strip insertion point)
- Uses one 2450 3-volt coin battery good for approximately 1 year of tests at 4 tests per day
- Displays blood sugar readings in mg/dL or mmol/L (depending on country)
- Three year warranty
With a 5-second test time and a 0.4 microliter blood volume requirement, the BD Logic ties for the fastest speed and offers almost the smallest blood volume of meters available today. It's easy to use, and the time-specific averaging offers a great way to help you manage your blood sugars.
- Ease of use: 10
- Features: 10 (250 test memory, data port, multiple averaging, battery, touchable capillary action test strips, end fill)
- Speed of results: 10 (5 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 10
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 10
- Cost: 2 (about $76.00 per 100; $1,101/year @ 4 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 52
BD Consumer Healthcare
1 Becton Drive
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
888-232-2737 Toll-free in the US
Last updated October 3, 2006
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Last Updated: Tuesday October 03, 2006 10:07:28
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