Knoxville Police have received reports
of stolen Diabetes test strips from pharmacies in town; pharmacist Hank
Peck says it won't be long before they hit the streets.
"Insurance isn't being billed for it when you're buying it off the
street and sometimes insurance may not cover something like that anyway.
So somebody needs the strips, and they can't afford to buy them and
their insurance isn't going to cover it, then they may see that as an
alternative," Peck said.
He explained, getting an accurate reading for your blood sugar level is
important and buying from the street risks your safety.
"If you're buying it from somebody just off the street then there's a
chance you could be wasting your money," he said.
Buying these supplies outside of a doctor or pharmacist is not illegal,
but selling the strips is if the tests strips are mis-branded or stored
Peck suggested, if you find yourself low on cash but need an accurate
reading, see your pharmacist, even if it's just for a chat.
"There are lesser expensive alternatives that you can buy safely," he