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ICMR glucometer is still a dream.

AFTER promising cheap glucometer two years ago, the Indian Council of Medical Research is clueless when the affordable devices would be available in the market.

The ICMR has found a commercial partner to market the device but is not sure when the affordable glucometer will be available with the chemists.

The glucometer along with glucose strips will be available over the counter as a cheaper options for the diabetics.

At the moment, several companies make gulcometer that costs anywhere between ` 1,600- 2000 and the glucose strip costs ` 25 to ` 30. ICMR in January 2014 brought an economical version of glucometer costing barely ` 400 to ` 500 and the cost of the glucose strips with prices as low as ` 2. ICMR had claimed that these cheap glucose monitoring devices will hit the market by the end of 2014.

" We found a commercial partner last year but we did not envisage that it will take this long. We are in constant conversation with the company for the progress but to no avail. We have done our work very sincerely and we have put in a lot of hard work and efforts in this experiment now they are supposed to do it," said Dr Chander Shekhar, Scientist and Head Innovation and Translational Research, ICMR. " We are a research organization and we are very new in this business.

Research and innovation is easy but business is difficult for us. We have already completed all the formalities but we have not been assured of any time limit by the company," said Dr Shekhar.

Apart from the accuracy of glucometer, ICMR made strips that were aimed to provide 95 per cent accuracy, as with the currently available strips in the market and they will help largely in screening for diabetes. Diabetes currently affects more than 62

Chairman, National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation?( N- DOC) and Director, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Diabetes Foundation.

" Innovating low cost glucometer and strips with help of top technology institutions of India should count as one of the best achievements from ICMR. These should be commercially available as early as possible, so that millions of diabetes, who are heavily financially burdened, could benefit, and take control of their diabetes," he said.

million Indians, which is more than 7.1 per cent of India's adult Population. An estimate shows that nearly one million Indians die due to Diabetes every year and the average age on onset is 42.5 years.

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which a person has high blood glucose ( blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Doctors say, monitoring glucose regularly is very important for patients to manage the disease.

" Of all the diabetics in India more than 50 per cent patients need to monitor the glucose regularly at home. Buying glucometer and glucose strips adds up to the financial burden of the patient, said Dr Anoop Misra, Chairman, Fortis- C- DOC, The device along with glucose strips will be available over the counter as a cheaper options for the diabetics

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Date:Jul 15, 2016
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