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Posted: January 08, 2008

Diabetes Test Strips Recalled for False Readings

Upwards of nearly a million diabetes test strips sold through mail order have been recalled by the manufacturer because they may result in inaccurate blood glucose readings.
The Food and Drug Administration said that Bayer recalled 230,000 bottles of test strips when the bogus readings were discovered. Each bottle contains 25 to 50 test strips, according to a Bayer spokesman.
The FDA said the company recalled strips typically used with Bayer’s Contour TS Blood Glucose Meter after they were found to give blood glucose readings that were 5% to 17% high.
The test strips are used by diabetic patients to monitor their daily blood sugar levels.
Bayer Diabetes Care said the recalled test strips were produced on new manufacturing equipment and that it has fixed the problem. Fifty-three production lots were produced and shipped before the problem was recognized, the Bayer spokesman said.
The spokesman said Contour TS strips are sold predominantly through mail order in the United States and are also marketed in France, Austria, Turkey, Korea, India and Mexico.
Bayer stressed that the problem related only to certain strips used with the Contour TS meter and that there was no problem with the meter itself. No other models of Bayer test meters were affected.
For more information, particularly related to product codes and lot numbers affected, consumers can check the FDA website.

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