Specific lots of FreeStyle Lite test strips are affected by a manufacturing fault that may cause erroneous results if used in certain blood glucose meters.
The affected test strips may provide results that are too low which may cause difficulty in adequately managing your diabetes. The test strips may also give results that are out of the control solution range.
The affected lot numbers and their expiry dates are as follows:
Abbott Diabetes Care, the makers of the test strips advise that problems only occur when the test strips are used with the following blood glucose monitors:
FreeStyle Mini Glucose Meter
FreeStyle Blood glucose meter
OmniPod Personal Diabetes Manager
If you have one of the blood glucose meters listed above, it is important to check the lot numbers of any FreeStyle Lite test strips you have and, if you have an affected pot of test strips, take the following action:
Contact Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service on 0800 072 1020 to arrange free replacement test strips.
If you have some unaffected lot numbers, you can safely continue to monitor your blood glucose levels with these until the replacement test strips arrive from Abbott Diabetes Care. You can also use a spare blood glucose monitor if it is unaffected by the recall and you have test strips which are within their expiry date.
If you do not have any test strips that are not affected, need to test regularly and have no alternative means of testing your blood glucose, you will need to continue using the affected test strips. If this is the case, it is important to be aware that the test strips may be giving artificially low blood glucose values and to be aware of any signs of high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) as a result.
Contact your health team if you struggle to maintain blood glucose control as a result of the problem.
If you have affected test strips that are not needed, please dispose of these.