Relion Ultima test strip recall

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Jenny Ruhl over at Diabetes Update posted a notice about a glucometer test strip recall that may affect those of you measuring your own blood sugar:

Aboott Laboratories has just issued a huge recall for blood testing strips which read low. The strips take too long to absorb the drop of blood.

The list of affected lots is given here:

http://www.precisionoptiuminfo.com/img/Lot-Numbers.pdf

Further information can be found here:

http://www.precisionoptiuminfo.com/EN

Apparently, it takes more than 5 seconds for the blood to be absorbed and measured after being applied to the strip. I have some strips in the lot numbers listed in the recall, but they don’t seem to be affected since the blood is absorbed in only 1-2 seconds. I’ve been trying to reach Abbott to determine whether we can consider strips in affected lots that don’t take more than 5 seconds to absorb blood to be functional, but after waiting on hold for 20 minutes and getting hung up on several times, I gave up.

If anyone else is able to get through and find the answer to that question, please report back. For now, I’m assuming if the blood doesn’t take more than the typical 1-2 seconds to be absorbed, the strips are fine.

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