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FDA Issues Updated Alert on Fake Glucose Strips

More lot numbers found to be counterfeit

THURSDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated its earlier nationwide alert on fake blood glucose test strips, adding two additional lot numbers of counterfeit products that have been distributed to pharmacies and stores across the country.

The counterfeit test strips are used with various models of LifeScan, Inc.'s One Touch Brand Blood Glucose Monitors. The affected strips are One Touch Basic/Profile lots 272894A, 2619932, 2606340 and the newly added 2615211. The previous alert also covered One Touch Ultra lot 2691191 and the update has added lot 2691261.

The lot numbers can be found on the outer carton and the inner vial. Affected consumers should stop using the strips and replace them.

"The counterfeit test strips potentially could give incorrect blood glucose values -- either too high or too low -- which might result in a patient taking either too much or too little insulin and lead to serious injury or death," according to an FDA statement.

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