FDA Issues An Alert

By: Heather Haley
By: Heather Haley

The FDA has issued an alert that counterfeits of test strips used by diabetics to test blood glucose levels were shipped nationwide.

Doctors are saying these fake strips could be dangerous but there are a few things to look for.

The box appears to be One Touch Ultra or One Touch Basic test strips but the product inside is a fake and doctors say the counterfeit version could be very dangerous for a diabetic.

"If it is normal or even low, it gives somebody a false sense of security that they are o.k." Dr. Mitchell Wicker said.

FDA officials say the fake strips potentially could give incorrect blood glucose levels, either too high or too low which could result in health problems or death.

They say the counterfeit test strips were shipped to pharmacies and stores nationwide but a local pharmacist says they have already been warned to check their product.

FDA officials say both the counterfeit ultra and the basic boxes are 50-count packages and have languages on the box other than English such as French, Greek and Portuguese.

They say you should look for particular lot numbers on the boxes to know if you have a fake.

The counterfeit One Touch Basic is lot numbers 272894-a, 2619932, or 2606340 and the fake One Touch Ultra is lot number 2691191.

The FDA says if you have the counterfeit test strips to stop using them, replace your test strips, and contact your physician immediately.

The company Lifescan which makes one touch products told the FDA they are investigating the problem.

The FDA says if you have any health issues as a result of using a counterfeit test strip, to call them toll free at 1-800-FDA-1088.


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