Fake diabetes testing strips on the market

Mon, 17 Sep 2007
Sophisticated fake diabetes testing strips are being sold online, prompting Johnson and Johnson to sue one medical-device distributor.

J&J, who operate Lifescan, a company supplying diabetes diagnostic and testing equipment, are trying to sue Alexander Vega for selling fake One-Touch diabetes test strips.

In response, Vega claims that he thought the strips were genuine. The pharmaceutical firm is trying to put a stop to a black market in fake test strips that has sprung up in Canada and America . This underground industry, as well as affecting sales, could be dangerous for diabetics around the world, on account of inaccurate functioning.

If diabetics were given incorrect blood sugar level readings, insulin injection could be administered at the wrong level, potentially threatening lives. Clamping down on the counterfeit market could save lives.
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