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Contour® from Bayer provides reliable and intuitive blood glucose monitoring


Scientific study on the ease of use of blood glucose meters

Easy to use and reliable results in only a few steps

Leverkusen – Information designers at the Stuttgart Media University have confirmed that Bayer’s Contour® blood glucose meter is very reliable and intuitive to use. This is especially important for medical devices, according to the researchers, as incorrect use could have serious consequences. In a scientific review, they tested 14 blood glucose meters for ease of use and found huge differences.

In the study, the meters were first tested by users and then evaluated by experts. Only two devices proved easy to use in the test, one of which was Contour® from Bayer. It guaranteed reliable measurement in only a few steps and had a large, easy-to-read display, according to researcher Maike Reichel. She recommends that diabetics and doctors should give careful consideration to their choice of blood glucose meter. With blood glucose meters, it must be obvious what each button is for, so that the device can be operated correctly by people with diabetes. The Contour® blood glucose meter was the winner in the April 2007 Stiftung Warentest test because of its ease of use and reliable test results. The successor model launched in September this year also has additional storage and alarm functions which make measuring even easier.

About Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care
Bayer HealthCare, Diabetes Care supports customers in 100 countries and stands in a long tradition of leading the way in diabetes care product innovation since the introduction of CLINITEST reagent tablets in 1941. The face of diabetes care was changed in 1969 when the first portable blood glucose meter and test strips were introduced. Bayer HealthCare further innovated diabetes management by being the first company to introduce a suite of blood glucose monitors with No Coding™ technology. The BREEZE® 2 and CONTOUR® blood glucose monitoring systems offer people with diabetes an unparalleled choice in diabetes management systems.
In July 2006, Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care acquired Metrika Inc., maker and manufacturer of A1CNow+, a meter-based diabetes monitoring system for measurement of HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin) an important indicator of long term blood sugar control. Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care global headquarters is located in Tarrytown, New York, in the United States and operates as part of Bayer HealthCare LLC, a member of the worldwide Bayer HealthCare group. The Headquarters for the region Europe-MERA is located in Basel as part of Bayer Consumer Care AG, in Basel.

About Bayer HealthCare
Bayer HealthCare, a subsidiary of Bayer AG, is one of the world’s leading innovative companies in the health care and medical products industry. The company combines the activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Diabetes Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. The company’s pharmaceuticals business operates under the name Bayer Schering Pharma AG.

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