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J&J Recalls Almost 2 Million Blood Glucose Meters
Reuters via Newsmax ^ | 3-26-2013

Posted on 03/26/2013 1:53:11 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

Johnson & Johnson is recalling and replacing nearly 2 million meters used to measure blood glucose levels in diabetics due to a failure to operate properly at extremely high glucose readings, the company's LifeScan unit said on Monday.

In the United States, about 90,000 OneTouch Verio IQ meters are affected out of some 1.2 million units of that model being recalled worldwide, the company said.

At extremely high glucose readings of 1024 mg/dl and above, the units have failed to provide a warning of dangerously high blood sugar and will shut off, potentially delaying proper treatment, the company said.

LifeScan said it has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other health regulators of the voluntary recall, as well as registered users and healthcare professionals.

In addition to the Verio IQ model, J&J is also recalling about 670,000 of its OneTouch Verio Pro meters in Europe and 4,900 of its hospital-based OneTouch Verio Pro+ meters in the Middle East, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.

No patient injuries have been reported in the United States related to the malfunction, the company said. LifeScan said there was one report of a serious adverse event outside the United States, but a link to the malfunctioning glucose meter had not been determined.

"We regret the inconvenience these actions may cause. However, we will always err on the side of caution and make a decision that is in the best interest of our patients," Michael Pfeifer, LifeScan's chief medical officer, said in a statement.

The company said its OneTouch Ultra model was not affected by the recall.

It said patients could continue to use the Verio IQ model until replacements arrive as long as they are aware that if the unit shuts down it could be indicative of dangerously high glucose levels.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: glucosemeters; lifescan; recalls
FYI Bloomberg:

"J&J Recalls 1.9 Million Blood Sugar Meters After Death"

1 posted on 03/26/2013 1:53:11 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

At 1024 mg/dl and above, one has more troubles than a flaky meter!

Accu-Check Aviva.......made in America!


2 posted on 03/26/2013 2:01:46 PM PDT by petro45acp (No good endeavour survives an excess of adult supervision)
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To: Sir Napsalot
The company said its OneTouch Ultra model was not affected by the recall.

It should be (recalled). I stay pretty close to my eating regimen, some days it will be in the 80s, next day 110s. It's been that way ever since my doctor pulled me off metformin.

Downright aggravating... ;)

3 posted on 03/26/2013 2:05:13 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: petro45acp

>>> At 1024 mg/dl and above

I know that is rare, but this is a PSA (public service announcement), in case some FReepers using the recalled meters haven’t heard it from their doctors yet.


4 posted on 03/26/2013 2:07:49 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: petro45acp

Yeah, like COMA.


5 posted on 03/26/2013 2:46:02 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sir Napsalot

Holy crap - if my sugar was 1024 I would not be functional enough to check it anyway. I’d be out.


6 posted on 03/26/2013 5:08:08 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.
was JUST thinking that.

if someone's BG is 1024....maybe getting a new meter isn't their biggest problem.

7 posted on 03/26/2013 5:09:28 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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