Abbott to patients: Check blood glucose display screens

September 13, 2007

Abbott notifies patients to check blood glucose display screens.

Abbott notified users of Precision Xtra, Optium, ReliOn Ultima, Rite Aid, and Kroger blood glucose meters (manufactured after Jan. 31, 2007) to check the display screen of their meter to make sure that it is working properly. If meters are dropped onto a hard surface, part of the display can be jarred or disconnected, thereby making it difficult to read the lot number or date information. Additionally, dropping the meter can cause the screen to appear blank, which could result in an inability to view blood glucose test results. The inability to generate blood glucose results may cause a significant risk for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Users of these meters who note that the display screen is not working properly should immediately stop using them. Patients should keep their glucose meters in the wallet provided to offer additional protection for the meter. If the meter is dropped on a hard surface, patients should immediately perform a meter display check. For more information, visit