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Blood glucose meters recalled

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A range of blood glucose meters has been recalled after it was found they failed to operate properly when exposed to very high HbA1C levels.

LifeScan, the manufacturer of OneTouch Verio Meters, has launched a voluntary recall and replacement of its OneTouch Verio Pro, OneTouch Verio IQ, and OneTouch Verio Pro+ blood glucose meters in the UK and Ireland – effective immediately.

This is because at extremely high blood glucose levels of 56.8 mmol/l and above, the meters do not operate as intended.

At levels of 56.8 mmol/l and above, the OneTouch Verio IQ Meter will turn off instead of displaying the message “Extreme High Glucose above 33.3 mmol/l” as intended. When turned back on, the meter enters the Set-up mode and requires the user to confirm the date and time settings before being able to test again.

At HbA1C levels of 33.3 mmol/l and above, the OneTouch Verio Pro Meter should also display a similar warning as the IQ meter, but LifeScan has recently determined that at 56.8 mmol/l and above, it will display and store in memory an incorrect test result that is 56.8 mmol/l below the measured result.

While the likelihood of experiencing an extremely high blood glucose level of 56.8 mmol/l or higher is rare, when such a blood glucose level occurs, it is a serious health risk.

More information on the recall, including who to contact, is available from the Diabetes UK website.


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