Diabetes news: Abbott voluntarily recalls some FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite test strips

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Abbott Labs logoAbbott (ABT) announced the medical device company will voluntarily recall 20 lots of FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Test Strips in the U.S. The company said in a statement the test strips may give low glucose readings when used with the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter, the FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter and the OmniPod Insulin Management System.

According to the company statement:

When the test strips are used with the newer FreeStyle brand meters including FreeStyle Freedom Blood Glucose Meter, FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Meter* and FreeStyle Freedom Lite Blood Glucose Meter*, the blood glucose test results are not affected. Testing with the FreeStyle InsuLinx® Blood Glucose Meter is not affected by this action, as FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meter uses FreeStyle InsuLinx test strips.

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Lindsey Alexander

By Lindsey Alexander

Lindsey Alexander is an Indiana-based freelance writer and editor covering the medical device industry. She earned a degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's from Purdue.
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The big problem with this recall, is that the drug store I use has RETURNED ALL FREESTYLE TEST STRIPS.  So even if your meter isn't affected by the problem, it's irrelevant since the drug store doesn't have any test strips to sell any way.   

Might as well buy another testing system. This time I'll be searching for the system that uses the cheapest test strip.