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  • 14 August 2013, 17:12

Diabetes: Glucose Testing Strips Recalled

More than 1.7 million blood glucose testing strips are being recalled in an urgent safety alert.

A manufacturing fault in two batches of the GlucoMen LX Sensor test strips could result in inaccurate readings and lead diabetics to inject too much insulin, according to the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

A spokesman for the watchdog told Sky News that the readings could mislead patients to such an extent that they suffer hypoglycaemia - low blood sugar - which can result in a loss of consciousness.

The strips were sold in British pharmacies between October and November 2012.

The affected containers, which are stamped with lot numbers 3212219249 and 3212214249, expire on August 31, 2014 and are no longer on sale. Other batches are unaffected by the fault.

There are no reports at present of patients being harmed by using the strips, which are manufactured in Italy by Menarini.

Bridget Turner, director of policy and care improvement at Diabetes UK, said: "We would urge people with diabetes who use testing strips to follow advice from the MHRA and check their test strips to see if they are from these batches.

"If they are, they should not use them and take them back to their pharmacist or their GP."

There are an estimated three million diabetics in the UK.

Those with type one or type two diabetes often test their glucose levels several times a day using test strips and a hand-held monitor.

The reading tells them whether they need to inject insulin to bring down high blood sugar, or eat more to increase their blood sugar levels.

:: The MHRA urged anyone with the affected strips to contact Menarini on 0800 243667 for a free replacement.