Abbott Laboratories issued a recall of 359 million glucose test strips, as the strips may yield false blood-glucose results. False results on a glucose test could cause doctors or patients themselves to raise blood glucose levels unnecessarily or, alternatively, fail to treat elevated blood glucose levels because of a false reading showing a low level. This is a huge issue for diabetes patients who are monitoring their blood glucose levels.
The defect that caused the recall is the glucose test strips’ inability to absorb enough blood for accurate monitoring. I don’t think there is clear information now as to exactly what the source of the problem is.
Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, MediSense Optium, Optium, OptiumEZ and ReliOn Ultima are the brands subject to the recall. They are used both by doctors and by patients themselves.
Are there going to be lawsuits from this recall? I think there will be. But I think the vast majority of claims are going to go nowhere because there will be such a difficult time linking the injury to the test results. Our lawyers are not reviewing these claims.