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Blood glucose meter safety warning

The Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an updated safety warning and press release regarding several blood glucose meters. The MHRA has continued to receive 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 latest warning to be issued. The manufacturers of the meters will replace affected units free of charge and will be contacting users early in 2007.

The affected meters are as follows:

  • 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.

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