FDA Recalls Glucose Strips


The Ministry of Health, notified on Thursday December 23rd wishes to inform the general public that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of the Abbot Glucose Test Strips.


The strips being recalled may give a false low blood glucose count, which may lead either to patients trying to raise their blood pressure unnecessarily, or failing to treat elevated blood sugar readings.


The test strips are currently being marketed under the following brand names: Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, Medisense Optium, Optium, Optiumez and Relion Ultima.


Chief Pharmacist, Errol Thomas says there are two specific lots pharmacies carry that are being recalled, and can be identified through their lot numbers, 45670 and 45001a597 respectively.


Mr. Thomas says as a result, the OECS is working to put in an emergency order of different types of strips from Abbot in Puerto Rico.


Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson says it is important to get an accurate reading to avoid health risks and wrong diagnosis.


The public is advised to contact the medical stores at 448-2060 or the hospital at 266-2119 for further information on the matter.

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