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Defective Diabetes Device: FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter

Posted on in Defective Medical Devices

Defective medical equipment can serious injury those who need the products, especially in the case of diabetic monitoring devices. Diabetes is when the body does not process the food properly – glucose (sugar) cannot be converted to energy for the body to use. Some conditions can go unnoticed if not tested by a blood sugar meter. If untreated, it can cause short term problems such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, or diabetic ketoacidosis. However, long terms issues affecting blood vessels and organs can cause the body to shut down – possibly leading to blindness, amputation of limbs, or organ failure. To help a diabetes patient monitor and keep track of their blood sugar level, a blood glucose meter is a daily instrument for survival.

FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters sold or distributed between the dates of April 18, 2012 and April 1, 2013 are being recalled, according to the FDA. These meters prick blood from the fingertip to then be placed on the monitor to test blood sugar levels. These machines are being recalled because they are not giving users correct results.

High glucose levels of 1024 mg/dL and up are stored in the device's memory, but then an incorrect reading that is 1024 mg/dL below the measured result is shown. This improper data is dangerous because high levels of glucose may result in the need for immediate medical attention. Without a medical professional's speedy attention to resolve the issue, a patient could suffer serious health consequences or even death.

If you or someone you know is using the FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter, immediately take action to ensure safety. You can either get software to fix the issues or contact the manufacturer for a replacement at no charge.

Contact an Illinois defective product attorney for more information on how to proceed with a malfunctioning medical device case.

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