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Blood Glucose Meters and Test Strips

Audience: Diabetes healthcare professionals, pharmacists and patients

[Posted 03/11/2008] FDA reminded glucose meter users to only use strips recommended for their specific brand of meter and to read the instructions for use carefully. It is important for users to understand that if they use a test strip that is not recommended for their meter, the device may fail to give results or may generate inaccurate results. While this problem has been identified recently as occurring with a unique meter-strip configuration, FDA recognizes that similar problems can also occur if other brands and models of meters and strips are not used in proper combination.

[March 10, 2008 - News Release - FDA/CDRH/OIVD]