In the heat of the presidential race candidates from both parties are battling over several issues. One issue that is particularly interconnected with economy and job creation is product offshoring. Product offshoring happens when a company decides to outsource their manufacturing or operational processes with the goal of lowering the cost of their products.
Almost all manufacturers now prefer to have their products made overseas. And the manufacturers of glucose test strips are no exceptions. The test strip industry has largely fled the U.S as most test strip makers now have their strips made in China or Taiwan, where they can save on labor, utility, and taxes.
Though it seems that most test strips are made fairly in the same way, most manufacturers choose to have their test strips made overseas. There are a few manufacturers of test strips who still take the long road to make their test strips here in the United States. Among the manufacturers that refuse to give in and insist on manufacturing domestically is PharmaTech whose GenStrip50 strips are proudly made in the U.S.A.
Some test strip makers have one manufacturing plant here and another overseas. For example, Roche, the manufacturer of Accu-Check test strips has a manufacturing plant in Indianapolis that turns out over 4 billion test strips a year. Though it’s not clear why, Roche chooses to make some of their test strips here in the U.S and others overseas.
According to a new nationally representative survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, when Americans were presented with a choice between a product made in the U.S.A and a product made overseas, 78 percent of people said they would prefer to purchase the American product.
Most American consumers want to know where products are made and want to purchase merchandise that are made in the U.S.A. The same is true for those who need test strips for glucose monitoring. Although the choice for most patients is often dictated by their insurance, there are some patients who choose to use the domestically made glucose test strips. This may be an attempt to save jobs from getting shipped oversees, or they prefer the quality of American made test strips.
If you’re wondering whether or not the glucose test strips you are currently using is made domestically we have complied a list for you. Based on the blueprints found on the test strip boxes, the following glucose test strips are manufactured in the United States:
Test Strips Made in United States
GenStrip50 | Accu-check Aviva Plus | Accu-Check SmartView | Nipro TrueBalance | Nipro TrueTrack | Bayer Breeze2 | OneTouch Ultra Blue