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MHRA issues warning on test strip storage

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The medical device’s regulator has called on patients with diabetes to correctly store a type of blood glucose test strip that is designed to be used at home.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said anyone using the GlucoMen LX Sensor test strips to monitor their blood glucose levels must ensure they immediately close the vials properly after using them, especially if they store their strips in a humid environment.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

MHRA issues warning on test strip storage

GlucoMen LX Sensor test strips

Not doing this could expose the test strips – distributed by Menarini Diagnostics UK – to high humidity, which could lead to a reading that is higher than it should be, warned the MHRA.

It advised people are advised to close the vial securely after using the strips, store the test strips in their original vial, and write the discard date on the vial label.

John Wilkinson, the MHRA’s director of medical devices, said: “It is vital that people check that their vials are closed properly according to the instructions for use.

“Leaving strips exposed in high humidity may result in falsely high readings, which could lead to them taking an incorrect dose of medication,” he added.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

MHRA issues warning on test strip storage

GlucoMen LX Sensor

Pav Kalsi, senior clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “When using any diabetes medication or equipment it is important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, including details of how to store them correctly.

“This is necessary in order to achieve reliable results,” she added.

Patients have been advised that they should contact their healthcare professional if the result is outside their normal range.

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