One Drop said yesterday that its wireless glucose meter kit and supplies are now available at hundreds of Walmart stores in the U.S.
The kits for sale at the retail store include a Bluetooth glucose meter, lancing device, carry case, test strips and lancets, along with a year of free access to One Drop’s certified diabetes coaches.
One Drop is a compact blood glucose monitor compatible with the iOS Health app and the Apple Watch. The device is connected through Bluetooth and draws a small amount of blood to measure a user’s blood glucose level that can be tracked through the Health app.
In June, the company expanded its AI-powered predictive insights to include eight-hour blood glucose forecasts for its mobile app users with Type 2 diabetes. The app also offers a personal health assistant for monitoring medication, food and physical activity, along with other health markers.
One Drop announced in September 2018 that the device was able to connect directly to the Apple Watch. Apple said in June that it was selling the device for $69.95 at a few of its physical stores. The device is also for sale through One Drop, Amazon and Best Buy.
One Drop did not disclose what the retail price at Walmart would be.
“Access to affordable care options is a huge issue in the United States, and most people struggle with insurance, scheduling, and co-pays,” One Drop founder & CEO Jeff Dachis said in a news release. “Having One Drop available at Walmart stores means that millions of Americans with diabetes can now access real-time support from Certified Diabetes Educators through our easy-to-use platform. We’re meeting people where they are and empowering them with the tools, information and support they need to make better choices for their health.”
“When I was diagnosed with diabetes more than ten years ago, my high-deductible health plan — and the fact that I lived more than 100 miles away from the closest endocrinologist — left me feeling like I was on my own,” added One Drop user Julie Beck. “Now, I have instant access to my certified coach, who can answer questions like whether I should consider talking to my doctor about adjusting my meds. And with the predictive insights, I no longer worry that I might experience a sudden blood sugar low while driving and cause an accident. I’m thrilled that One Drop is now available at Walmart stores so that more people living in remote areas like me can get the help they need to take control of their health.”
Last month, Bayer (ETR:BAYN) led a $40 million Series B round for One Drop, licensed its platform for treating conditions beyond diabetes and put its pharma president on the One Drop board.