A1CNOW® Test Systems
Easy and Efficient
- Displays results in 5 minutes
- Requires only a small (5 µL) fingerstick blood sample
- Requires no maintenance
- Can be stored at room temperature
- Is small, compact, and battery-powered
- Is affordable and easy-to-use
- CE-marked for self-test use
The term HbA1c refers to glycated hemoglobin. It develops when hemoglobin, a protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body, joins with glucose in the blood, becoming ‘glycated.’ By measuring glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), clinicians are able to get an overall picture of what our average blood sugar levels have been over a period of 2 to 3 months. For people with diabetes this is important as the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications. HbA1c is also referred to as hemoglobin A1C or simply A1C.
The answer is that people with diabetes should talk to their physician about how often they should test their A1C.
The Mayo Clinic recommends on its website that A1C testing varies dependent on the type of diabetes the person has, the treatment plan and how well the person with diabetes is managing their blood sugar. For example, the A1C test may be recommended…
People with diabetes may need more frequent A1C tests if the physician changes the diabetes treatment plan or the patient begins taking a new diabetes medication.
A1CNow+ is fast, easy, and accurate. It provides A1C results in 5 minutes which are 99% laboratory accurate*. These A1C tests are for use in a doctor’s office. Providing real-time results outside of the laboratory, A1CNow+ is a hand-held, portable monitor which allows A1C testing in every exam room. Real-time A1C results allow for timely decisions on therapy changes when needed. The product requires no maintenance. Office staff no longer have to prepare and refrigerate lab samples. Obtaining A1C results during the patient office visit eliminates follow-up phone calls to discuss results and possible therapeutic changes. Our A1CNow® System is CLIA waived and certified by the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP).
* Study results with healthcare professionals showed that the accuracy of A1CNow+ with fingerstick samples was, on average, 99%. This means that, on average, a true 7.0% A1C could read approximately 6.9% A1C. An individual A1CNow+ result may differ by as much as -1.0% A1C to +0.8% A1C from the true result. This represents the 95% confidence limits of a Bland-Altman plot.
The single-use test provides quantitative results from a single drop of blood. Lance the finger for an adequate drop of blood. Touch the blood drop with the tip of the blood collector. Insert the blood collector into the open end of the sampler body and shake. Insert the cartridge into the A1CNow+ monitor. Deliver the sampler body into the cartridge. Your result will display after 5 minutes. Results are 99% laboratory accurate*.
*Study results with healthcare professionals showed that the accuracy of A1CNow+ with fingerstick samples was, on average, 99%. This means that, on average, a true 7.0% A1C could read approximately 6.9% A1C. An individual A1CNow+ result may differ by as much as -1.0% A1C to +0.8% A1C from the true result. This represents the 95% confidence limits of a Bland-Altman plot.
The NGSP standardizes glycated hemoglobin test results so that clinical laboratory results are comparable to those reported in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) where relationships to mean blood glucose and risk for vascular complications have been established. A key component of the program is the Reference Laboratory Network. The network interacts with manufacturers of glycohemoglobin methods to assist them first in standardizing their methods and then in providing comparison data for certification of traceability to the DCCT.1
Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendment (CLIA) is an act of Congress that established quality standards for all laboratory testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of patient test results regardless of where the test was performed.1
A CLIA-waived test has been reviewed by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It is defined as simple laboratory examinations and procedures that are cleared by the FDA for home use; employ methodologies that are so simple and accurate as to render the likelihood of erroneous results negligible; or pose no reasonable risk of harm to the patient if the test is performed incorrectly.2