European Market Report for Blood Glucose Test Strips 2016 - MedCore
The value of the blood glucose test strip market increased in 2015 and modest growth is expected to continue over the forecast period, driven by increasing unit sales and limited by ASP erosion. Unit sales growth will be driven by the increasing patient population and as a result, increasing number of diabetics that are testing their blood glucose levels. Pricing pressure in the competitive landscape and on national healthcare budgets is expected to result in persistent ASP declines in test strips during the forecast period.
Blood glucose test strips are thin strips with enzymes that react to blood droplets. These create either a photometric or electrochemical response which is read by a glucose meter. Strips vary by size, chemical makeup, fluid channels, etc. and are typically sold in containers of 50 or 100. A single strip is used for each test, and some brands have preloaded strip storage within their meters. Electrochemical strips are the most popular type, largely due to the extremely small volumes of blood required to measure glucose. These strips function by working with the blood glucose meter to produce an electrical current, which is proportional to the blood glucose concentration. Several different enzymes may be used for transferring electrons from the glucose in the blood to the electrode. Typically, the current can be measured in between 5 to 15 seconds.