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FDA Alerts Diabetics to Counterfeit Glucose Test Strips

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The FDA has issued an alert about counterfeit glucose test strips. The strips are used by diabetics to monitor blood-sugar levels.

The Eye on Health team spoke with a local physician who says, unfortunately, this is the latest case in a growing trend.

The public is being alerted to erratic readings from test strips with specific lot numbers under the brand names "One Touch Basic" and "One Touch Ultra." The lot numbers in question are listed below.

Las Vegas endocrinologist Reid Litchfield says diabetics must rely on accuracy to prevent serious complications.

He explains, "The blood glucose meter is really a very essential tool for a diabetic to know how well they're responding to therapy without waiting 'til they're having symptoms from high blood glucose, which will occur at far too late of a stage in order to keep them well.

Dr. Litchfield says that counterfeit test strips have joined a growing list of medical supplies and medications that are being passed off as the real thing. He believes the rising cost of health care is leading some patients down a path of vulnerability.

"And so, as patients are faced with paying more and more for co-pays, for medicines, diabetes supplies or whatever, I think it sets up a situation in which unscrupulous individuals can come in and take advantage of that," Dr. Richfield continues.

This case underscores the importance of knowing and trusting the source of your medical supplies. And if you turn to unknown sources -- via the Internet, for example -- remember, it's buyer beware.

Dr. Reid Litchfield says, "If someone comes along and says I can sell you diabetes test strips for 25% of the going rate, its almost too good to be true and you really have to question the legitimacy of that kind of offer."

Counterfeit OneTouch Ultra Test Strips

  • Multiple Languages-English and French text on the outer carton
  • Lot Number 2691191 (Located on outer carton and vial)
  • Limited to 50-Count OneTouch Ultra Test Strip packages
  • No NDC number (located on the bottom of the outer carton for US product)

Counterfeit OneTouch (Basic/Profile) Test Strips

  • Multiple Languages-English, Greek and Portuguese text on the outer carton
  • Lot Numbers 272894A, 2619932 or 2606340 (Located on outer carton and vial)
  • Limited to 50-Count OneTouch (Basic/Profile) Test Strip packages
  • No NDC number (located on the bottom of the outer carton for US product)

Click here for additional information on the counterfeit test strips.

 

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