LifeScan Canada Recalls 3 Lots of OneTouch(R) SureStep(R) Test Strips


    


    
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<p>BURNABY, British Columbia, <span class="xn-chron">Feb. 24</span> /CNW/ -- LifeScan <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> Ltd., is conducting a voluntary recall in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> of 3 lots of OneTouch® SureStep® Test Strips used by people with diabetes to measure their blood glucose levels at home.  The test strips are being recalled because they may provide falsely low glucose results when the glucose level is higher than 22.2 mmol/L.</p>
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<p>This recall is limited to 3 lots of OneTouch® SureStep® Test Strips sold for consumer use in Canada:</p>
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    Recalled Lot     Size        Description
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    # 2966726        100-ct      OneTouch(R) SureStep(R)
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    # 2983464        100-ct      OneTouch(R) SureStep(R)
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    # 2988755        100-ct      OneTouch(R) SureStep(R)
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       Lot #'s are located on the outer carton and test strip vial.



    
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<p>Consumers using OneTouch® SureStep® Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems are asked to call LifeScan <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> at 1 866 339-3045 to find out if their test strips are affected.  Replacement product will be shipped immediately and provided free of charge.</p>
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<p>While they wait for replacement product to arrive, it is important that patients with recalled test strips continue to test their blood glucose.  However, if they use these strips and receive a result of 22.2 mmol/L or higher from their OneTouch® SureStep® System, there is a possibility that their blood glucose is significantly higher.  If this occurs, patients should contact their healthcare professional for further instructions.  Patients with a second meter that does not use OneTouch® SureStep® Test Strips can also retest their blood glucose to confirm their result.</p>
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    No injuries associated with these recalled test strips have been reported.

    
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<p>Hospitals, clinics and other multi-patient facilities using SureStep® Flexx® or SureStep® Hospital Systems have also been notified of this issue.  Both of these systems use SureStep®Pro® Test Strips which also may provide inaccurately low test results when the blood glucose reading is greater than 22.2 mmol/L.  LifeScan is advising these facilities of the appropriate actions to take in order to continue to use these SureStep®Pro® Test Strips.  However, healthcare facilities with access to alternative means of testing should consider temporarily discontinuing their use of their SureStep Systems until replacement test strips are available.</p>
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<p>This field action is limited to 3 lots of OneTouch® SureStep® Test Strips sold for consumer use in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, and select SureStepPro Test Strips used in healthcare facilities.  Similar recall actions are being taken in other countries where the affected product was distributed.</p>
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<p>In 2006, LifeScan stopped selling OneTouch® SureStep® Meters in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> but continued to provide test strips.  Today, OneTouch® SureStep® Meter users represent a very small portion of LifeScan's total customer base.  The vast majority of LifeScan's customers now use OneTouch® Ultra® Brand Meters, which use an entirely different technology.</p>
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<p>LifeScan is a leading maker of blood glucose monitoring systems for people with diabetes.  For information about diabetes care and LifeScan products and services, visit <a href="http://www.OneTouch.ca">www.OneTouch.ca</a>.</p>
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For further information: For further information: David Detmers, LifeScan, Inc., +1-408-942-5955 Web Site: http://www.OneTouch.ca

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