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Oct 22, 2015

Supporting diabetic patients around the world
- New release of blood glucose test meter -

ARKRAY, Inc. will release blood glucose test meters GLUCOCARD S and GLUCOCARD S onyx in late October.

Recently, the world's diabetic population has risen to 386.7 million and it is projected to rise to 592 million*1 by 2035. Diabetes may cause complications such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic nephropathy, so in the interest of prevention, it is important for patients to have proper awareness of their conditions and monitor their blood glucose.

GLUCOCARD S and GLUCOCARD S onyx released by ARKRAY, Inc. (hereafter, "ARKRAY") are the newest models of ARKRAY's international brand for blood glucose monitoring system. They meet the requirements defined in ISO 15197:2013*2 regarding the accuracy of devices and the effects of interfering substances such as hematocrit*3

In 1970, ARKRAY was the first in the world to succeed in the development of a simplified blood glucose test meter. Through the supply of the GLUCOCARD product line as well as diabetes management systems, ARKRAY has been committed for over 40 years to continually improve QOL for patients and to support professionals on the front lines of diabetes care who give instructions to patients. ARKRAY will continue to promptly supply products that match the needs in various countries and regions in the world to support the front lines of diabetes treatment.

Product Features

•High Accuracy Measurement

Realizes highly accurate test results that maintain accuracy compliant to ISO15197:2013. Corrects hematocrit effect before providing test results.

•Rapid and Simple Measurements

Measuring time is just 5 seconds. Speedy measurement is possible.

•Testing with Micro Sample of Whole Blood

Micro amount of sample (0.3μL) from a fingertip is all that is needed for testing.

•Simple Data Management Using USB / Bluetooth Communication

No need for special cables. Data can be exported to your PC via USB for simple blood glucose management.
*Bluetooth communication is only available with GLUCOCARD S onyx.

•Equipped with test strip disposal lever

Used test strip can be discharged by pushing the test strip disposal lever, which allows hygienic and safe use without contacting blood.

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GLUCOCARD S onyx (Right)


*1 Estimated number of diabetic patients
Source: "IDF Diabetes Atlas Sixth Edition 2014 Update" (November 2014 / International Diabetes Federation)

*2 ISO 15197:2013
ISO 15197 is the "In vitro diagnostic test systems -- Requirements for blood-glucose monitoring systems for self-testing in managing diabetes mellitus," a specification for self-monitoring devices for blood glucose that has been used since 2003 as the standard for evaluating device performance.
To further improve the accuracy of self-monitoring devices for blood glucose, clinicians were requesting more stringent requirements. In response, the revised edition, ISO 15197:2013 came into effect in May 2013, providing more stringent variance allowances and newly added requirements on the impact of hematocrit, which was not included in the 2003 edition.

*3 Hematocrit
The ratio of red blood cells within blood

Product Overview: GLUCOCARD S and GLUCOCARD S onyx

Release Date October 2015 October 2015
   Meas. target Blood glucose level Blood glucose level
   Meas. range 10 to 600mg/dL, 0.6 to 33.3mmol/L 10 to 600mg/dL, 0.6 to 33.3mmol/L
   Required sample 0.3 µL (whole blood)0.3 µL (whole blood)
   Reagent to be used GLUCOCARD S Test StripsGLUCOCARD S Test Strips
   Meas. time 5 seconds after applying blood5 seconds after applying blood
   Memory capacity 500 test results 500 test results
   Operating environment Temperature: 8 to 40℃
Humidity: 20 to 80%
Temperature: 8 to 40℃
Humidity: 20 to 80%
   Power source 3V: Lithium coin battery x 1 3V: AAA (1.5V × 2)
   External dimensions L84.0 × W50.0 × 17.6 mm L84.0 × W50.0 × 17.6 mm
   Weight 47g 70g
Sales area Worldwide
*This product will not be distributed in Japan.
This product will be sold by ARKRAY Global Business, Inc.
ARKRAY Global Business, Inc. manages overseas distribution for ARKRAY products.