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Abbott Blood Glucose Meters

Audience: Diabetic patients, endocrinologists, diabetic educators, other healthcare professionals

[Posted 09/11/2007] Abbott notified users of Precision Xtra, Optium, ReliOn Ultima, Rite Aid, and Kroger blood glucose meters (manufactured after January 31, 2007), to check display screen of the meter to make sure that it is working properly. If meters are dropped onto a hard surface, part of the display can be jarred or disconnected, thereby making it difficult to read the lot number or date information. Additionally, dropping the meter can cause the screen to appear blank, which could result in an inability to view blood glucose test results. The inability to generate blood glucose results may cause a significant risk for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

Users of these meters who note that the display screen is not working properly should immediately stop using their meter. Patients should keep their glucose meters in the wallet provided to offer additional protection for the meter. If the meter is dropped on a hard surface, patients should immediately perform a meter display check. Instructions on how to do this are detailed in the meter’s Users Guide. If no problems are encountered during the automatic display check, the meter is ready for use.

[August 31, 2007 - Press Release - Abbott]