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Blood glucose meter safety warning

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.

This is the third warning in just over a year, the first in May 2005 and the second in June 2005. The manufacturers of the meters will replace affected units free of charge.

The affected meters are as follows:

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.