Diabetes type 2 is a common condition that causes too much sugar to build up in the blood, according to the NHS.
It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough, or the body not reacting to, the hormone insulin.
Insulin’s job is to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy.
Diabetes patients can check their blood sugar levels by using test strips.
But, diabetics have been advised to stop using and return specific batch of Accu-Chek Aviva and Accu-Chek Performa test strips.
The test strips may give increased strip error messages, before testing blood sugar levels, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The fault may cause false high or false low readings, and it could be difficult to tell which is a true or false reading, it added.
More than 260,000 packs of blood sugar testing strips have been affected by the recall, it’s estimated.
Identifying patients’ blood sugar levels accurately is very important, as they rely on the readings to judge how much insulin they should be adding to their body.
Not adding enough insulin, or sugar, to diabetics’ diets could lead to high blood sugar or low blood sugar.
“It is important people check their test strips and if necessary seek alternatives as soon as possible,” said MHRA’s Director of Medical Devices, John Wilkinson.
“If people have any questions about their blood glucose readings when using these test strips and meters they should speak with their doctor or pharmacist.”
Diabetes UK’s Head of Care, Dan Howarth, added: “It is incredibly important that people living with diabetes are able to rely on the technology that is designed to help them manage their blood sugar, so we’d strongly recommend that anyone using these test strips check their batch numbers and get replacement strips accordingly.
“Inaccurate readings could mean you over- or under-dose with insulin, which in the short term can cause problems with hyper and hypoglycaemia.
“If you’re worried about your readings, we’d recommend speaking to your GP or a pharmacist as soon as possible.”
Patients that find they have test strips from the affected batches should find alternative blood sugar testing methods, the MHRA advised.
They should also return their blood sugar strips to their pharmacy or shop, where they’ll be offered a replacement.
The diabetes test strips affected by the recall are:
Accu-Chek Aviva Strips (50s)
Accu-Chek Aviva Strips (10s)
Accu-Chek Performa Strips (10s)
Accu-Chek Inform II (professional use only)
Accu-Chek Performa Nano mmol Kit [Performa 10 strips contained within kit]
Express.co.uk has approached Accu-Chek and Roche for comment on the recalled diabetes test strips.
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