LIMITED OFFER FOR FREE BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITORING KITS

Association provides kits to Canadians living with diabetes as part of Compassionate Use Program

TORONTO, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - People with diabetes usually incur medical costs that are much higher than people without diabetes, and they face these costs no matter where they live in Canada.  The Canadian Diabetes Association is pleased to offer Canadians the opportunity to apply for a free blood glucose monitoring kit through the Compassionate Use Program.

The Compassionate Use Program is available as of June 6 to assist Canadians who are having difficulty affording their blood glucose monitoring supplies. These free kits consist of: 1 OneTouch® UltraMini® System, 300 OneTouch® Ultra® Blue Test Strips and 300 OneTouch® Delica® Lancets.

"We know that 57 per cent of people living with diabetes in Canada cannot afford their prescribed diabetes management routine due to the costs associated with blood glucose testing supplies.  It is unacceptable that many of these Canadians will develop serious complications," says Michael Cloutier, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association.  "We care about the health of Canadians and encourage people with diabetes who require assistance to take advantage of this program."

The Compassionate Use Program is only valid in Canada and only to Canadian residents who are insulin-dependent or who require oral medication in order to manage their diabetes.

If you or someone you know can benefit from this program, please visit diabetes.ca/meter to learn more or to apply online.  You can also call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464), option 7, for more information. Please note, quantities are limited and some restrictions apply.

About the Canadian Diabetes Association
Across the country, the Canadian Diabetes Association is leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our community-based network of supporters help us provide education and services to people living with diabetes, advocate for our cause, break ground towards a cure and translate research into practical applications.  Please visit diabetes.ca, join us on facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation, follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

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For further information:

or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Randi Garcha
Manager, National Media Relations & External Communications
Canadian Diabetes Association
Tel: (416) 408-7071
Cell: (647) 292-9641
randi.garcha@diabetes.ca

Gavin Elliott
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Canadian Diabetes Association
Tel: (416) 408-7053
gavin.elliott@diabetes.ca