So that's a happy news for the typical Indian, who suffers from one of the major lifestyle disease - diabetes. Glucometers are of great help for common people to monitor their blood glucose levels periodically and keep it under control without having to spend a considerable amount from their monthly savings to visit a lab and get it checked. But this isn't quite inexpensive as the device and its disposable strips aren't cheap. The price of devices commonly used in India range from Rs. 1,000 to 2,500 while their strips cost from Rs. 18 to 35 a piece. The major players in the Indian market are OneTouch and Accu-Check.
With the indigenous glucometer hitting the Indian markets, an individual would be able to buy them for a cost of around Rs. 500 to 1000, which is way below the current prices. The strips also are way cheaper ranging from Rs. 2 to 4. The device has been developed with the funding from Indian Council of Medical Research. The key players behind its development are Indian Institute of Science and Technology, Mumbai and the Birla Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. One can expect to buy this by mid 2014.