Blood Glucose Test Strips Warning – False Results

The American Diabetes Association reports on its website that 1.9 people each year are diagnosed with diabetes. These new diabetic patients join more than 25.8 million people living with this condition, as well as 79 million people who are pre-diabetic or at risk of developing this disease later in life. Most of these patients rely on medical equipment like blood glucose machines to test their blood each morning and help them determine how much insulin they should take each day. Because they rely on these machines, they likewise expect the components of their glucose meters to function as expected. However, the FDA recently issued a warning that people who rely on glucose strips made by Shasta Industries should stop using this brand of strips immediately.

The FDA has found several quality infractions that raise doubts about the strips’ effectiveness and performance. Government inspectors suspect that people who use these components could get false or inaccurate readings, leading them to miscalculate how much medication to take to maintain their diabetic conditions. Rather than rely on strips that could be poorly made or ineffective altogether, patients who use GenStrip glucose strips made for LifeScan OneTouch meters should ask their pharmacist or doctor for a new brand or a new meter that uses a different manufacturer’s components.

This ban also applies to healthcare professionals who use this brand of strips in their offices. When testing patients for high glucose readings, healthcare professionals should use another variety of strips or test for diabetes with a different medical test.

Along with patients and healthcare professionals, pharmacists across the country have been put on high alert for this brand of strips. When patients are given scripts for GenStrip supplies, pharmacists should heed the FDA warning and alert the patient, as well as the prescribing doctor immediately. The ban is in effect until further notice from the FDA. Until then, patients, as well as physicians and pharmacists, should utilize other brands of strips. This precaution can protect people from false readings and perhaps taking too much or too little of the diabetic medication on which they rely. People who take the wrong dosage of glucose could lapse into a diabetic coma or die from a result of an inaccurate reading.

Source:
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm395270.htm