{Diabetes} Another Abbott Recall, This Time On Meters

by Leighann on February 20, 2014

As if the test strip recall today wasn’t enough, Abbott is also recalling two of their blood glucose meters.

Abbott FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter Recall


Abbott FreeStyle Test Strip Recall

From Abbott’s website:

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IMPORTANT: URGENT PRODUCT RECALL FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Meter Built Into The OmniPod® Insulin Management System
You are here:IMPORTANT: URGENT PRODUCT RECALL FreeStyle Flash® and FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Monitoring System
FreeStyle Flash® and FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Monitoring System
February 19, 2014

Dear Valued Customer,
Recently, it has come to our attention that FreeStyle Flash® and FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Meters may produce erroneously low blood glucose results when using FreeStyle Lite® and FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Test Strips. Erroneously low results that are not recognized may pose significant risks to your health.
No action is required if you do not use the meters pictured below.

FreeStyle Flash®
Blood Glucose Meter

FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter

Blood Glucose MeterFreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter

If you are currently using either of the meters pictured above, please take the following steps:

Discontinue use of your FreeStyle Flash® or FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Meter and call Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service at 1-888-345-5364. When you call, Abbott will send you a new FreeStyle® branded meter at no charge.

If the only meter you have available is a FreeStyle® or FreeStyle Flash® Blood Glucose Meter, do not stop testing your blood glucose. Control solution should be used to check the performance of your test strips and meter until you receive your replacement meter. However, if any reading from a strip appears lower than you would expect or does not seem to match the way you are feeling, you should contact your health care provider. Pay special attention to signs and symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).

Symptoms of high blood sugar may include: Excessive thirst, excessive urination, blurred vision, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are not feeling well, contact your health care professional immediately.
Upon receiving your new replacement meter, please immediately dispose of your old meter in accordance with your local and state disposal regulations.
There are no other Abbott Diabetes Care products impacted by this issue.

A test strip insert is included with every carton of FreeStyle® and FreeStyle Lite® Blood Glucose Test Strips, and provides very important product information. Please read your test strip insert carefully to ensure that you are using the correct test strip type for your Blood Glucose Meter.
We recognize the importance of blood glucose testing and are committed to responding quickly to your needs. We want to assure you that our first priority is you, our customer. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this situation may cause.
We thank you for your continued support of the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Monitoring System and Abbott Diabetes Care. If you have any further questions, please call Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service.

Kelly E. Duffy
Division Vice President, Quality Assurance and Compliance
Abbott Diabetes Care

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1 Wendy February 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

you do realize this is a scam….if any test strips were recalled, every pharmacy in the country would be notified, not one has and no strips have been pulled off of any pharmacy shelf anywhere. also, if this was a true recall, our supplier would be notifying us and there would be assigned lot numbers. this new meter thing is so we’ll buy their products, meters and test strips through them and not pharmacy or supplier.


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