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BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 07 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4925

Glucose monitoring strips are rationed to save money: Two in five people with diabetes have either been refused a prescription for blood glucose test strips or had their prescription restricted, says a report by Diabetes UK. Of those who have experienced restrictions, 58% had type 1 diabetes and 40% type 2. Nearly a quarter of people who had their prescription restricted were told by their GP that it was a clinical commissioning group policy in order to save money.1

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