TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Certain diabetes blood
sugar testing strips are being recalled by their maker, Nova
Diabetes Care, because they may give users false, abnormally high
readings, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Twenty-one lots of the Nova Max Glucose Test Strips, as well as
Nova Max Plus glucose meter kits that contain the test strips from
the recalled lots, are part of the voluntary recall.
One expert called the recall "concerning."
"This is especially worrisome for patients who use insulin, as
they depend on their fasting blood sugars to determine the amount
of insulin they require," explained Dr. Alyson Myers, an
endocrinologist at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset,
N.Y. "As a result, patients may over-correct their blood sugars,
causing hypoglycemia [low blood sugar], which in severe cases can
lead to loss of consciousness or permanent neurological
"The symptoms of low blood glucose include shaking, sweating and
confusion," added another expert, Virginia Peragallo-Dittko,
executive director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at
Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY. "People can pass out
or have seizures if low blood glucose is not treated with glucose
or sweet drinks right away."
Nova Diabetes Care said it has notified all registered users
about the recall, along with health care providers who recommend
the products, pharmacies that sell them and companies that
Patients should immediately stop using the test strips from the
recalled lots, the FDA said. They can check to confirm if they have
test strips from the recalled lots by going to Nova Diabetes Care's
website or by phoning the company at 1-800-681-7390.
Diabetes patients should be aware of symptoms of high blood
sugar (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar and should contact their
health care provider for advice on how to treat the symptoms, the
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