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Note: Resources mentioned below do not imply endorsement by the Diabetes Action Network of the NFB.

Recall Notice for the Bayer CONTOUR TS
Blood Glucose Meter Test Strips

Bayer Diabetes Care is voluntarily recalling test strips (sensors) used with the Contour TS Blood Glucose Meter. Bayer, during a quality control process, identified a manufacturing issue with test strips from specific lots that could result in falsely high blood glucose readings.

This issue is not related to the Contour TS meter itself and pertains only to specific test strips used with the Contour TS and no other meter.

The affected strips were produced on new manufacturing equipment designed for the new Contour TS strips. The quality of Bayer products and our customers’ satisfaction are important to Bayer and we have corrected the problem.

Healthcare providers, retailers, patients and other customers who use Contour TS should check the lot number on the bottles of Contour TS strips and contact Bayer Diabetes Care about returning and replacing strips. The lot numbers can be found on the bottom of the strip box and on the side of the strip bottle.

The affected lots begin with WK followed by the characters 7D, 7E, 7F or 7G and then followed by a series of other numbers and letters (for example WK7ED3E52C). Only bottles of test strips with the characters 7D, 7E, 7F, or 7G in the third and fourth position in the sequence are affected. Bottles with a lot number including 7J through 7M after WK are not affected and need not be returned. The following are product descriptions and code numbers from affected lots:

Meter kit with 10 strips #1802

Meter kit with 10 strips #1802N

Bottle of 50 strips #1820

Bottle of 50 strips #1823

Bottle of 25 strips #1825

Bottle of 10 strips #9578

Please call Bayer customer service 1-800-348-8100 to return any affected bottle of strips and to get a replacement, or visit www.bayerdiabetes.com/us/news for more information.


Visionaware.org Announces A Special Free Publication on Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy

VisionAWARE is pleased to present Are You AWARE? A Special Newsletter Issue on Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy with Debbie Sokol-McKay, OTR/L, CVRT, CDE, CLVT as guest author. Debbie holds certifications as a vision rehabilitation therapist, diabetes educator, and low vision therapist, and is a licensed occupational therapist.

Contents and Special Features:
• An introduction to diabetes and diabetic retinopathy
• How blood glucose levels relate to diabetes
• The difference between hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia
• How diabetes affects the eyes and vision
• Detecting diabetic eye disease
• Treating diabetes and managing your diabetes
• Resources and links for diabetes

VisionAWARE is also pleased to offer our Special Issue Newsletter on Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy in the following formats:

• A regular print downloadable version
• A large print downloadable version
• Read it online

Contact Us:
VisionAWARE’s “Self-Help for Vision Loss” Web site contains free, practical information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends, caregivers, and vision professionals. Learn more at www.visionAWARE.org

Software for Managing Diabetes

For a comprehensive and up-to-date listing of all varieties of software for managing diabetes (both free and for sale) visit www.ChildrenWithDiabetes.com/d_06_150.htm. Another very useful site is www.Mendosa.com/Software.htm

Portable Magnifier

The Senseview is a small, portable CCTV magnifier that makes it possible to see life’s fine details. At GW Micro, we believe in new technologies that make lives better. Our passion is developing new products and features that open up new possibilities for our customers. For more information or to find a dealer, call 260.489.3671 or visit www.gwmicro.com

Get the NEW Prodigy Voice Monitor FREE!

Homecare Supply of America accepts most insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. Right now, you can trade in your obsolete Accu-Check Advantage monitor and get the NEW Prodigy Voice at no charge, if you qualify. For more information call 1-800-333-1412.
Read the Paper by PHONE with NFB-NEWSLINE®

NFB-NEWSLINE® makes daily newspapers and magazines accessible by phone. Users listen to the news via synthesized voice. No computer is needed and it is FREE! New feature: national television listings! To subscribe contact: NFB-NEWSLINE®, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone: (866) 504-7300.

Diabetes Supplies

American Diabetic Supply, Inc., will ship your diabetes supplies to your door. They handle all insurance claims and provide free delivery. Those with Medicare and/or private insurance (no HMOs) may receive supplies at no further cost. For information, contact: American Diabetic Supply, Inc., telephone: (800) 453-9033, ext. 611; Web site: www.americandiabeticsupply.com.

Prodigy Meter

Prodigy® Voice makes monitoring your blood glucose level easier than ever. An essential tool for the visually impaired, the audio function is also perfect for all who prefer the spoken word to a digital display. Audio prompts guide you through each step of using your meter and testing your blood, and when the test is done you hear the results. For more information visit www.prodigymeter.com or call 800-366-5901.

The National Kidney Foundation Can Assist Diabetics

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) publishes a variety of informational materials about diabetes and chronic kidney disease. The NKF also provides resources and support for those undergoing dialysis or kidney transplants. The NKF seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information, call the NKF at (800) 622-9010, or go to www.kidney.org.

Ambassadors: Sharing the Voice in your town has just gotten easier

One of the most heartwarming aspects of working for the NFB Voice of the Diabetic is getting to know our incredibly dedicated volunteers. For nearly 25 years our loyal volunteers have been helping us achieve our mission to educate, empower and inspire people living with diabetes and its complications. Each quarter, more than six thousand of you take free copies of Voice of the Diabetic to the nooks and crannies of our fair nation. Advocates, diabetics and health care professionals everywhere find creative ways to share our message with those who need our help.

Now that the Voice has unveiled our new and improved look we are also preparing to roll out a brand new distribution strategy. To get the Voice into the hands of readers as quickly as possible, we are asking our volunteer distributors to help us get copies of the Voice sent directly to their end distribution points.

So, instead of receiving a large bundle at your home and delivering smaller quantities to your health center, your eye doctor, your foot doctor, your church and local senior center, we’re asking you to identify your contact people at each site so that we can ship their copies directly to them.

We’d love to have you look for new places to distribute the Voice and, periodically, we would need you to check in to the outlets you arrange, in person or by phone, to make sure they are getting their copies. We want to make sure everyone who needs the Voice gets the Voice in a timely fashion. At the same time, we want to make sure we continue to be good stewards with our limited resources by eliminating waste and improving service to Voice subscribers.

As a Voice of the Diabetic Ambassador, you can also help if people would like a personal copy delivered directly to their home or office. This way they do not have to worry about missing a single issue. Simply keep a few Voice of the Diabetic subscription forms with you or encourage people to sign up online at www.voiceofthediabetic.org. Remember that the Voice is available in print, audio cassette, email and MP3 versions.

Arranging for direct shipments:

1. Identify a contact person at the location.
2. Sign up the end point outlet using the form inside the Voice of the Diabetic or through the website, www.voiceofthediabetic.org.
3. Change the number of bulk copies you receive by emailing subscribe@diabetes.nfb.org. Include as much specific information from your mailing label as possible so that we can find your record in our database. This is especially true if the copies are being shipped to somebody’s attention at a business address. You can also call 1-888-581-4741 with the information, but please be specific and spell everything clearly.

To register as an Ambassador sign up online at www.voiceofthediabetic.org, use the form in the back of the magazine, or contact the Circulation Manager directly at 888-581-4741 or subscribe@diabetes.nfb.org.

Without all of our great volunteer distributors, Voice of the Diabetic would not be the wonderful magazine it is today. A big THANK YOU to all volunteers who have given many hours of dedicated service to help us get the word out about diabetes and the National Federation of the Blind.


Raise Your Voice

Help us share your stories with those who are new to blindness and diabetes!

The Raise Your Voice campaign is our newest project, and we want to hear from you! We want to reach other diabetics who have lost vision, or people who are newly diabetic and may be feeling discouraged, scared, or overwhelmed. Voice of the Diabetic readers know that people can and do manage diabetes with little or no vision, and no loss of independence. So share your story!

We also want to share your voices with pharmaceutical companies, pump manufacturers, blood glucose meter producers, and others in the diabetes industry and tell them how important it is to make their products accessible to diabetics with little or no vision. We hope to show those companies that there is a growing and vocal population of blind diabetics who need and deserve accessible diabetes technology!

So please, Raise Your Voice and add your story! Here’s how to do it: Call the Raise Your Voice line at (410) 504-1940. After the recorded greeting, leave your story at the beep. It couldn’t be easier! Please keep a few things in mind.

• First, introduce yourself using your first name. Tell us about your diabetes and blindness. (For example: “I’m Gail, a 38-year-old type two diabetic. I was diagnosed six years ago when I was pregnant, and became legally blind last year…”).
• Second, you don’t have to be a diabetes superhero to share your story. Ordinary people living with diabetes and vision loss are inspiring enough! Your story should be between three and five minutes, but even thirty seconds is fine!
• Third, stay positive! Newly diagnosed diabetics or newly blind diabetics need to hear success stories. Share thoughts, information, or stories that will be helpful to others. What do you wish you had known when you first lost your vision? How do you work around your vision loss, or other complications, such as amputations and kidney failure? What are your successes?

Raise Your Voice and help others!

Watch the next issue of Voice of the Diabetic for details on how to listen to all the stories we collect.


Sponsor the Voice of the Diabetic Team in the Second Annual March for Independence – The Walk for Opportunity

The March for Independence is a 5K walk-a-thon and celebration demonstrating the independent spirit of the nation’s organized blind, their friends, family, and supporters, which will raise funds for the Imagination Fund. The Imagination Fund supports local and state outreach efforts for blind people in your community, and blind children, teens, youth, college students, adults, and seniors losing their vision through the programs and initiatives of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute.

The March for Independence will take place on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 amidst the 68th National Federation of the Blind annual convention in Dallas, Texas.

To sponsor our team, log on to www.marchforindependence.org , click on “Sponsor a Team” and select Voice of the Diabetic to make your pledge.

Thank you for your support!