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Warning issued over faulty glucose test strips

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a warning over faulty blood glucose testing strips, which may lead to patients overestimating the insulin they need to take.

The products affected are GlucoMen LX Sensor blood glucose test strips, which are manufactured by Menarini in Italy. They are used with the GlucoMen LX and GlucoMen LX PLUS blood glucose meter.

Just over 1.7 million test strips in the affected lots were sold to pharmacies in the UK between October and November 2012.

The fault means that some of the test strips may give inaccurate readings and therefore people could potentially overestimate the amount of insulin they need, the agency said in a statement.

It added that, while they haven’t been sold in the UK since November 2012, it is possible that some of the unused faulty blood test strips may still remain in people’s homes.

The affected lot numbers on the tubs of test strips are:

  • Lot 3212219249, expiry date 31-08-2014
  • Lot 3212214249, expiry date 31-08-2014

John Wilkinson, the MHRA’s director of medical devices, said: “This fault has been resolved and the two affected lots of faulty test strips have not been sold in the UK since November.

“There is no evidence that any patients in the UK have been adversely affected by the faulty test strips.”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • The picture submitted with the article shows an injection of adrenalin, for anythylaxis!

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  • hopefully these warnings have been issued to doctors and pharmacies world wide so that patients can be warned and the stock withdrawn in case there are other faulty batches elsewhere.

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  • Steve Ford

    The image has now been corrected. Thanks for pointing out the error.

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