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FDA NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
P06-167
October 13, 2006

Media Inquiries:
Heidi Valetkevitch, 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA


 

FDA Issues Nationwide Alert on Counterfeit One Touch Basic/Profile and One Touch Ultra Blood Glucose Test Strips

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public to counterfeit blood glucose test strips being sold in the United States for use with various models of LifeScan, Inc., One Touch Brand Blood Glucose Monitors used by people with diabetes to measure their blood glucose.

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.  No injuries have been reported to FDA to date.

The counterfeit test strips are:

  • One Touch Basic®/Profile® (lot #272894A, 2619932 or 2606340) test strips; and,
  • One Touch Ultra® (lot #2691191) test strips.

Consumers who have the counterfeit test strips should stop using them, replace them immediately and contact their physician.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-866-621-4855.

The counterfeit test strips were distributed to pharmacies and stores nationwide--but primarily in Ohio, New York, Florida, Maryland and Missouri--by Medical Plastic Devices, Inc., Quebec, Canada and Champion Sales, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.

The counterfeit test strips can be identified by the following characteristics:

Counterfeit One Touch Basic/Profile Test Strips

  • Lot Numbers 272894A, 2619932 or 2606340
  • Multiple Languages- English, Greek and Portuguese text on the outer carton
  • Limited to 50-Count One Touch (Basic/Profile) Test Strip packages

Counterfeit One Touch Ultra Test Strips

  • Lot Number 2691191
  • Multiple Languages- English and French text on the outer carton
  • Limited to 50-Count One Touch Ultra Test Strip packages

LifeScan alerted FDA of the counterfeit test strips.  The agency is investigating the matter.

LifeScan is alerting the public via a press release and is notifying pharmacists, distributors, and wholesalers through a letter.  In its letter, the company is advising customers to contact their original source of supply for restitution. For more information, visit: www.GenuineOneTouch.com.

FDA is alerting its Counterfeit Alert Network partners, a coalition of healthcare professional, consumer and trade associations, who have agreed to further disseminate this important information in a timely and effective manner.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20852-9787, or through the MedWatch Web site at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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