Diabetes test strips recalled

Patients with diabetes who use the Accu-Chek Aviva or Performa blood glucose test strips have been advised to check the lot numbers before use following a recall by the manufacturer, Roche Diabetes Care.

The recall is important as using the affected batch of strips could result in readings that are either too high or too low, which could lead to treatment errors. | iStock
The recall is important as using the affected batch of strips could result in readings that are either too high or too low, which could lead to treatment errors. | iStock

Certain lots of Aviva and Performa test strips may give increased strip error messages prior to testing and falsely high or low readings which may be hard to detect.

Healthcare professionals are urged to identify patients using compatible Accu-Chek meters and advise them to discontinue the use of Aviva and Performa test strips with affected lot numbers, which are listed in the Medical Device Alert

Affected test strips should be returned to the pharmacy where they were dispensed or purchased from for replacement.

Healthcare professionals must ensure that patients have an alternative means of testing and can continue to monitor their blood glucose effectively.

‘It is incredibly important that people living with diabetes are able to rely on the technology that is designed to help them manage their blood sugar, so we’d strongly recommend that anyone using these test strips check their batch numbers and get replacement strips accordingly,’ said Dan Howarth, Head of Care at Diabetes UK.

‘Inaccurate readings could mean you over- or under-dose with insulin, which in the short term can cause problems with hyper and hypoglycaemia,’ he added.

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