Safety Alert for Abbott glucose test strips

According to Department of Health, this safety alert involved a device in Hong Kong that was produced by Abbott Laboratories.

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Alerts provide important information and recommendations about products. Even though an alert has been issued, it does not necessarily mean a product is considered to be unsafe. Safety Alerts, addressed to health workers and users, may include recalls. They can be written by manufacturers, but also by health officials.

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  • Type of Event
    Safety alert
  • Date
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  • Notes / Alerts
    Hong Kong data is current through September 2018. All of the data comes from the Department of Health (Hong Kong), except for the categories Manufacturer Parent Company and Product Classification.
    The Parent Company and the Product Classification were added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records. The device classification information comes from FDA’s Product Classification by Review Panel, based on matches of data from the U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Press release
  • Reason
    Blanket recall of abbott glucose test strips the department of health (dh) has today (december 29) requested a local medical device supplier, abbott laboratories limited, to recall all its glucose test strips from consumers as a further precautionary measure to safeguard public health. a spokesman explained that further to the recall of 359 lots of abbott's glucose test strips under six brand names announced on december 23, dh noted that the recall list of abbott glucose test strips in the us has been expanding over the holiday to some 10 brands, involving over 380 lots. meanwhile, singapore's health sciences authority issued another recall list of 43 lots under the brand name of "abbott medisense optium blood glucose test strips", some lots of which are also on the us' latest list above. "in view of uncertainties at this stage over the exact number of brands and lots affected, dh requested abbott to recall all their test strips from the hong kong market in order to be vigilant. consumers are advised to stop using any abbott glucose test strip they have in hand immediately as the strips may show lower than actual readings. high blood sugar poses health risks and can be life threatening", the spokesman said. "consumers can contact the company's 24-hour hotline at 8302 0507 on recall arrangements. whenever in doubt, they may also consult their healthcare workers for individual advice." 29 dec 2010.


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  • Product Description
    Press release: Blanket recall of Abbott glucose test strips
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  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “We are in constant communication with regulatory agencies and competent authorities worldwide which allows us to implement global recalls or in-country communication quickly and effectively,” Abbott, which now owns St. Jude Medical told ICIJ in a statement. In addition to sending global notices to physicians worldwide, we also make sure that product advisories are available online and classification of product recalls and product advisories are determined by global regulatory bodies which can impact the timing in any given country. MD companies follow varying regulations in different countries. In come countries software is not regulated so a recall in one country related to software would not be classified as a recall or field action in another. In addition, review cycles within the regulatory process can be different in each country which can impact communication and recall timing.
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