Being Aware of Your Blood Glucose Meter’s Safety

During the past few years, several companies producing blood glucose metes have issued recalls due to inaccurate readings for blood sugar levels.

When an individual purchases a blood glucose meter it’s always a good idea to register the meter with the company of origin in case there is a problem such as a recall of the meter.  If the purchaser has registered with the company, they can be contacted immediately and possibly avoid having their health adversely affected.

Some blood glucose meters malfunction and give skewed readings failing to alert the user if they need to adjust their insulin, or food intake which, has the potential for causing serious health issues and in some cases death could occur.

The symptoms associated with blood sugar levels that are too high include:

  • Feeling excessively thirsty
  • Excessive urination
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision

If your blood glucose meter’s reading appears to be unusually low or high, it’s critical that your doctor is contacted immediately.

The companies that have recalled some of their blood glucose meter’s over the past few years include:

  • Johnson & Johnson LifeScan unit recalled/2013 OneTouch Verio IQ ® blood glucose meters, in addition to other units being recalled outside the U.S.
  • Roche (ACCU-CHEK Aviva Glucose Meters/2006- may also include some produced in 2005)
  • Abbott (FreeStyle® & FreeStyle Flash®/2014 – the production of these two meters ceased after 2010, but the recall was initiated in Feb 2014).  FreeStyle lnsulinx® recall issued in April, 2013.

Shaw Cowart Medical Recalls

If you suffered injuries due to false or skewed blood glucose readings from using your blood glucose meter, contact Shaw Cowart to discuss your legal options.