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Abbott Diabetes Care Announces Recall of Certain Lots of Precision Xtra®, Precision Xceed Pro®, MediSense® Optium™, Optium™, OptiumEZ and ReliOn® Ultima Blood Glucose Test Strips in the United States and Puerto Rico
Date:12/22/2010

  • Check the amount of time it takes for their blood glucose meter to start the "countdown" after they first apply blood to the test strip. They should start timing immediately after blood first makes contact with the test strip.  If the meter takes longer than five seconds to start the countdown, that test strip is affected and the result should not be used.  Users should check the time for each test strip they use because all of the strips in a package may not be affected to the same degree.  If any reading appears lower than they would expect or does not seem to correlate with the way they are feeling, the user should contact their health care provider immediately.
  • If they do not immediately have access to unaffected strips and are unable to test their blood sugar, users need to be aware of symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar include excessive thirst, excessive urination, blurred vision, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If a user is experiencing any of these symptoms or is not feeling well, they should contact their health care professional immediately.
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar may include trembling, excessive sweating, weakness, hunger, confusion, and headache. Some individuals may have no symptoms at all before they develop unconsciousness or seizures. It is important to treat low blood sugars promptly to avoid loss of consciousness or a seizure.  If a user is unable to obtain unaffected strips, they should contact their health care provider for advice on how to treat these symptoms before they occur.  

  • The recommendation is that hospitals and user facilities stop using the recalled test strips and follow the steps below:

    1. Use test strips from unaffected lots.
    2. If the health care facility does not have any test strips from unaffected lots but has an alternative
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