Diabetes patients are being urgently advised to discontinue use of specific lots of Accu-Chek Aviva and Accu-Chek Performa test strips, as they may give false high or low readings. F
alse readings could cause people with diabetes to incorrectly treat themselves, which may cause hypoglycemia (excessively low blood glucose levels) or hyperglycemia (excessively high blood glucose levels) and risk people’s health and lives.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia
- Shaking or trembling
- Pale skin color, possibly cold or sweaty
- Moodiness or sleepiness
- Unsteadiness when walking
- Feeling hungry
- Rapid heart rate
- Feeling weak or dizzy
- Blurred vision
- Feeling confused
If left untreated, low blood sugar could result in coma and death.
Symptoms of hyperglycemia
- Blurred vision
- Frequent urination
- Increased water intake
- Stress or anxiety
- Weight loss
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling tired or weak
- Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
If left untreated, hyperglycemia could result in permanent health complications or ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition.
What is being recalled
Accu-Chek Aviva 50-strip packs are being recalled for these lot numbers: 497392, 497391, 496915, 496809, 496802, and 496807.
Accu-Chek Aviva 10-strip packs are being recalled for these lot numbers: 497344 and 497392.
Accu-Chek Performa 10-strip packs are being recalled for these lot numbers: 476597 and 476646
Accu-Chek Performa Nano mmol Kits, which contain 10-packs of Performa test strips, are being recalled for these lot numbers: 10153116, 10153114, 10153115, 10153112, 10153111
Accu-Chek Inform II test strips are also being recalled for lot number 476614, but they are only available for professional use.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) estimates that roughly 260,000 test kits have been compromised by faulty test strips.
What to do if you have this product
“It is incredibly important that people living with diabetes are able to rely on the technology that is designed to help them manage their blood sugar,” says Dan Howarth, head of care at Diabetes UK, “so we’d strongly recommend that anyone using these test strips check their batch numbers and get replacement strips accordingly.”
If you find that you have any of the recalled test strips in your possession, you should return them to your pharmacy for replacements. In the meantime, seek alternate testing supplies to test your blood glucose levels.
If you have concerns about your blood glucose readings for any reason, be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist right away.
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