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Diabetic test strip recall

Diabetic test strip recall

Credit: AP

by TERRI GRUCA / KVUE News

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kvue.com

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Anyone with diabetes who uses OneTouch SureStep Test Strips should take a look at the box they have.

LifeScan and the FDA says eight lots or 14,000 packages of those strips are being recalled because they may provide falsely low glucose results when the glucose level is higher than 400mg/dL.

If patients use the falsely low test results to determine their insulin dose, they may give themselves too little insulin, which could result in poor blood glucose control. High blood glucose must be recognized and treated promptly to avoid serious complications, such as coma and death.

The eight lots of consumer OneTouch SureStep Test Strips being recalled are:

Recalled Lot

Size

Description

# 2969251

100-ct

OneTouch SureStep

# 2969798

100-ct

OneTouch SureStep

# 2982369

100-ct

OneTouch SureStep

# 2983467

100-ct

OneTouch SureStep

# 2969795

50-ct

OneTouch SureStep

# 2982566

50-ct

OneTouch SureStep

# 2969481

50-ct

Medicare/Mail Order

# 2998193

50-ct

Medicare/Mail Order

They were distributed nationwide between August 1, 2009 and January 28, 2010.

It is important that patients with recalled test strips continue to test their blood glucose. Patients with access to a meter that does not use OneTouch SureStep Test Strips should use this other meter to test their blood glucose until replacement product from LifeScan arrives.

The FDA says, if an alternate meter is not available, patients may continue to test using the recalled OneTouch SureStep Test Strips. However, if patients obtain results above 400 mg/dL, they should contact their healthcare professional for further instructions because their glucose may be significantly higher.

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