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Have you heard of "safety lancets"? No matter, if you've been ever been to see a doctor about your diabetes, I'm sure you've seen them. They are those little single-use lancets the nurses and lab techs employ -- previously available only to the pros, and now going retail thanks to a company called MediPurpose.

They are touting their SurgiLance Safety Lancet as a "great alternative to pen lancets" because the needle is safely concealed before and after use —- so it's completely hygienic and you never have to see or touch it. "Great for those with 'needle phobia,'" they say. (I hated to remind them that so many of us still need the insulin INJECTIONS that follow the BG test, but what the hey?)Surgilance_2

MediPurpose is now offering six different needle/blade sizes that can easily be used by children and those with visual impairments. Supposedly perfect for kids is the new Yellow SLN100 model with a tiny 26-gauge needle.

"I have heard patients with diabetes tell me how they dread checking their glucose...and how sore their fingers get," writes their Director of Marketing Laura Ball. "In addition, I have heard countless patients tell me they reuse their regular pen lancets over and over again (when ideally they should change the needle after every use), creating the potential for exposure to blood borne diseases and infections (HIV, Hepatitis B & C). I've even heard stories of children using the pen lancets as 'swords,' exposing them to needlestick injuries."

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I don't know about sword games, but that thing about (almost) never changing out the lancet needle... ? Yeah.

So what's the competition like?, I asked. It seems the Top 3 players here are Roche Safe-T Pro, BD's Genie MicroTainer and MediPurpose with its SurgiLance — the first and currently only safety lancet available over the counter (OTC) at this time. You can buy them at Wal-Mart stores without a prescription, $12.44 for a box of 100.

I remember oogling some brightly colored safety lancets at the ADA Expo last year, thinking how easy and painless they looked. But I was told they were for "professional use only." So I'm kind of glad to hear they're on the market. Not dumping my regular pen lancet just yet, but it's nice to have alternatives.

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btw, MediPurpose would like you to know that they've donated 100% of the safety lancets being used this summer at the ADA Kids Camps (ca. 200,000 safety lancets).

More information on why you should like safety lancets is available at www.MediPurpose.com.

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