The Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a safety warning regarding several blood glucose meters. The MHRA has received several reports of the affected meters (listed below) displaying blood glucose results in mg/dL (milligrams per decilitre) rather than mmol/L (millimoles per litre). This change in units means the numerical readings will be 18 times higher than usual.
The affected meters are as follows:
- FreeStyle Mini
- MediSense Optium Xceed
- LifeScan OneTouch
- LifeScan InDuo
- LifeScan PocketScan
Action: All clinicians and healthcare staff should be aware of this safety warning and be able to advise patients about the difference in the numerical reading and how to obtain a replacement meter.