Abbott Laboratories Recalls Blood Glucose Meters - WSPA.com

Abbott Laboratories Recalls Blood Glucose Meters

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ABBOTT PARK, Ill. -

Abbott Laboratories is recalling its FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters after finding that they display and store incorrect test results for dangerously high blood sugar levels. 

The Abbott Park, Ill., company says the meters will display and store readings for blood glucose levels of 1,024 milligrams per deciliter or higher at much lower levels. That's an extremely high and rare level that requires immediate medical attention. 

The inaccurate readings can lead to a delay in identifying the problem or incorrect treatment. Abbott says that can lead to serious injury or death. 

Abbott says customers can use these steps to fix the problem:

  • Customers can access a software update to resolve the issue at www.freestyleinsulinx.com/swupdate. The software update will allow customers to maintain settings and historical data on their meter.
  • Customers can contact Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service at 1-866-723-2697 to expedite return and replacement of their FreeStyle InsuLinx meter at no charge. Replacements are available, and Abbott will send meters to customers immediately upon request.

Johnson & Johnson announced a similar recall last month for several types of its blood glucose meters.

More information is available at the Abbott Laboratories website by clicking  here.

 

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