Abbott Labs recalls glucose test strips because of faulty readings

Abbott Laboratories has recalled nearly 359 million diabetes test strips because they may be faulty and provide low blood sugar readings. The test strips apparently don’t absorb blood quickly enough so they give a false low reading.

The strips in question were manufactured in the United Kingdom between January and May of 2010. Investigators are trying to determine the source of the defect but they suspect that the strips may not have been stored in the correct conditions.

For diabetics, a false low reading can pose a health risk because they can rely on their test strip to provide them with information they need to determine the amount of glucose they take. Given a false reading, the patient might intake too much glucose or fail to treat themselves.

A false low reading is better than a false high reading, however, because in the case of a false high reading, a patient might use too much insulin which could trigger a dangerous condition.

The strips recalled are certain lots of Precision Xtra®, Precision Xceed Pro®, MediSense® Optium™, Optium™, OptiumEZ and ReliOn® Ultima Blood Glucose Test Strips sold in the United States and Puerto Rico . For more information, check the Abbott web-site here: http://www.precisionoptiuminfo.com/

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm representing people who have been seriously injured by dangerous and defective products including recalled products and the family of those who have died. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

Source:
Abbott Press Release Update: Abbott Diabetes Care Announces Recall of Certain Lots of Precision Xtra®, Precision Xceed Pro®, MediSense® Optium™, Optium™, OptiumEZ and ReliOn® Ultima Blood Glucose Test Strips in the United States and Puerto Rico


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