In a press release filed today, a company called PositiveID claims it has developed a breath-based glucometer technology that should be ready for clinical testing by the end of the year. The portable Easy Check Breath Glucose Detection Device would be based on single use cartridges featuring the firm’s own reagents. Paint us skeptical, but one day this technology might, just might, shake up the blood prick market for diabetics.
The Company believes this device could eliminate a patient’s need to prick his or her finger multiple times per day in order to get a blood sugar reading. The Company plans to begin conducting side-by-side comparisons of the handheld device versus the standard “finger stick” earlier than originally anticipated.
The compact, portable, battery operated and easy to use design includes an advanced laser optical sensor, a state-of-the-art microprocessor and the Company’s patent pending chemical sensors. By loading the reagent capsule into the cartridge chamber and exhaling into the device, the Company hopes that a user will be able to test blood sugar levels without the drop of blood presently required by existing glucose measuring devices.