Recalled Blood Glucose Meters
Written by Faith Anderson on March 26, 2013
Problems With the Defective Device May be Life-Threatening
To date, no patient injuries have been reported in the United States in connection with the defective blood glucose meters manufactured by LifeScan. According to the medical device maker, there was one report of a serious adverse event that occurred outside the United States, but a link to the faulty glucose meter had not been determined. According to the device recall, at extremely high glucose readings of 1024 mg/dl and above, the blood glucose meters have failed to warn patients about dangerously high blood sugar levels and will shut down, possibly delaying necessary treatment. LifeScan said it has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health regulators about the worldwide recall, as well as registered users and medical professionals.
An Experienced Product Liability Lawyer Can Help
“We regret the inconvenience these actions may cause,” said Michael Pfeifer, LifeScan’s chief medical officer, in a statement. “However, we will always err on the side of caution and make a decision that is in the best interest of our patients.” According to LifeScan, the company’s OneTouch Ultra blood glucose meter was not affected by the recall. In addition, the firm said that patients could continue to use the Verio IQ model until replacements arrive, as long as they are aware that if the unit turns off, it could be indicative of dangerously high blood glucose levels. If you believe you have been adversely affected by a malfunctioning glucose meter, or another potentially defective medical device, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help you contact an experienced product liability lawyer in your area.