Millions of diabetic test strips recalled

December 22, 2010 3:08:23 PM PST
Abbott Labs recalls up to 359 million glucose test strips that may give falsely low readings.

The Food and Drug Administration says Abbott Laboratories is recalling up to 359 million testing strips used by diabetics because they can give falsely low blood sugar readings.

The testing strips are used to help diabetes patients check their blood sugar levels.

But the FDA says the products being recalled by Abbott can give inaccurately low measurements. As a result, patients may try to raise their blood sugar levels unnecessarily or fail to detect dangerously high blood sugar levels.

The FDA says the problems are caused by a defect that limits the amount of blood absorbed by each strip.

The 359 lots recalled are so

ld under the following brand names:

* Precision Xceed Pro
* Precision Xtra
* Medisense Optium
* Optium
* OptiumEZ
* ReliOn Ultima

To check the lot numbers, you can call 1-800-448-5234 (English) or 1-800-709-7010 (Spanish).

You can also look up test strip lot numbers at: www.precisionoptiuminfo.com.


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