Blood glucose test strips may be counterfeited.


Counterfeit blood glucose test strips may give

(1) abnormal values (too high or too low) compared to a test performed on a chemistry analyzer.

(2) erratic readings


Incorrect glucose readings can result in inappropriate therapy with a risk for clinical hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.


Risk factors for encountering counterfeit test strips:

(1) The strips were bought on-line or in a foreign country.

(2) The price for the strips is less than normal (a bargain).


Counterfeit strips have been distributed through regular channels, so the absence of risk factors does not guarantee that the strips are not counterfeit.


The box or the bottle that the strips come in may show subtle clues that the material is not legitimate. The strips themselves may be visibly different from legitimate strips.


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