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Warning over faulty diabetes tests

By Jane Kirby

More than 1.7 million blood glucose testing strips are being recalled over potentially false readings.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said people with diabetes should not use the strips over fears they could give inaccurate results, leading to a patient injecting too much insulin.

The strips have been subject to a manufacturing fault. They are GlucoMen LX Sensor blood glucose test strips for use with the GlucoMen LX and GlucoMen LX PLUS blood glucose meter.

The strips are made by Menarini in Italy and distributed in the UK. There are no reports so far of patients being harmed by using the strips, the MHRA said.

Just over 1.7 million test strips in the affected lots were sold to pharmacies in the UK between October and November last year.

John Wilkinson, MHRA director of medical devices, said: "The manufacturing fault in these test strips could give a misleading reading that may result in people overestimating the amount of insulin they need to take.

"If people have the faulty test strips they can telephone the manufacturers on 0800 243667 who will provide free replacements.

The affected lots are 3212219249 (expiry 31/08/2014) and 3212214249 (expiry 31/08/2014).

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