BETHESDA, MD 30 July 2013—Nova Diabetes Care has recalled dozens of lots of Nova Max blood glucose test strips and kits that may produce an inflated result.
Patients who adjust their insulin dosage on the basis of a false high blood glucose test result are at risk for hypoglycemia, the company stated.
The recall notice instructs pharmacists to identify any recalled products in their possession and follow their normal procedures to return them to the company for a credit. Additional return-and-replacement instructions are provided for other health care professionals and distributors.
The notice advises patients who received the recalled lots to contact the company for replacement test strips or kits. According to the company, patients may use Nova Max test strips from lots not affected by the recall.
If only recalled product is available, patients should use their test reagents as described in their monitor's instruction manual to verify that the readings are within the expected range.
Any elevated blood glucose test results that are inconsistent with the patient's diabetes history should be verified by retesting, preferably using a different vial of test strips. The notice instructs patients whose results remain inconsistent or who do not feel well to immediately contact their health care provider.
Questions about the recall should be directed to Nova Diabetes Care Customer Service at 800-681-7390.