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We thought you would like to know about the Canadian Diabetes Association Compassionate Use Program, which launched on June 6.

With more than 9 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes, the importance of diabetes management through self-monitoring and blood glucose management has never been greater.

Unfortunately, approximately 57% of all people living with diabetes in Canada cannot afford their prescribed diabetes management routine, due to the costs associated with blood glucose testing supplies.

As a result, many of these people end up developing serious life-threatening complications, which lead to poor health, increased mortality and significantly increased costs to the health system and our overall economy.

Starting June 6, the Canadian Diabetes Association is launching a Compassionate Use Program aimed at economically challenged Canadians who are unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs for monitoring their blood glucose levels.

Through this program, the Association is looking to distribute 4,901 free blood glucose monitoring kits across Canada, consisting of:

  • 1 OneTouch® UltraMini® System Kit
  • 300 OneTouch® Ultra® Blue Test Strips
  • 300 OneTouch® Delica® Lancets

If you or someone you know can benefit from this program, please visit diabetes.ca to learn more or to apply online. You can also call 1-800-BANTING (1-800-226-8464), option 7, for more information.