Abbott recalls millions of diabetes testing strips

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on December 22, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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.

North Chicago-based Abbott is recalling 359 lots marketed under a half-dozen brand names, including: Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, Medisense Optium, Optium, OptiumEZ and ReliOn Ultima.

"Patients with diabetes should be aware of the recalled glucose test strips and take steps to prevent them from affecting their health," said Alberto Gutierrez, Ph.D., director for the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics in FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "FDA and Abbott are reviewing the cause of the manufacturing defect to avoid this problem in the future."

To determine if you have product being recalled:

  • Call Abbott Diabetes Care customer service at 1-800-448-5234 to speak with a customer service representative. 
  • Visit www.precisionoptiuminfo.com to look up test strip lot numbers.

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