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Thin Lancets Discontinued

The manufacturer of Thin Lancets has advised healthcare professionals that this product is being discontinued with effect from December 2015.

It is noted that Freestyle Lancets are a suitable equivalent product. This alternative is the same gauge (thickness) at 28g. Both lancets remain listed in the January 2016 Drug Tariff to allow existing stocks to be reimbursed on NHS prescriptions.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this product being discontinued. It may be prudent to run clinical system searches to identify any patients who are currently prescribed this product to allow a review and an alternative to be arranged.

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