Information Notice on Stolen Abbott Diabetes Care Blood Glucose Monitoring Products

June 24, 2011

ALAMEDA, Calif., June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Abbott Diabetes Care is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement officials to recover one tractor-trailer shipment of blood glucose monitoring products that was reported stolen from a shipping carrier facility in Louisville, Ky. on June 19.

Practitioners, pharmacies, and consumers are advised to purchase Abbott Diabetes Care blood glucose monitoring products only from well established, trusted and reputable sources and to be aware that an unusually low price is often an indication that a product has been stolen. Stolen blood glucose monitoring products may be harmful because they may have been stored at the wrong temperature or humidity or other improper conditions, may degrade, become contaminated, or may have been tampered with or handled improperly while outside of the legitimate supply chain.

Customers should always inspect blood glucose monitoring products and labels for the Expiration Date and for signs of tampering before opening. Abbott Diabetes Care products are packaged in “tamper-evident” boxes, meaning that if the package has been opened, it should be evident. Abbott Diabetes Care advises customers not to use any product if the packaging appears to have been disturbed in any way.

Products and quantities stolen are listed below. Lot numbers are printed on the product boxes. In nearly every instance, these products represent only a portion of each product lot.

              Description              Lot(s)            Part     Quantity
              -----------              ------            ----   (# of Boxes)
                                 1165111, 1165954*,
    FreeStyle Lite Blood         1166006*, 1166016*,
     Glucose Test Strips               1166023         71026-20       30,096
    FreeStyle Lancets                  T039038         13001-01       19,464
    Precision Xtra Blood             45001F526*,
     Glucose Test Strips              45001F539        99694-35       10,728
    Precision Xtra Blood
     Glucose Test Strips        45001F276, 45001F312   99695-35        9,900
    FreeStyle Blood Glucose
     Test Strips             1160704, 1163444, 1165310 70792-20        6,420
    Precision Xtra Blood
     Glucose Test Strips        45001F435, 45001G459   99877-35        1,878
    Precision Xtra Blood
     Glucose Test Strips              45001F217        99728-35        1,284
    FreeStyle Blood Glucose
     Monitoring System
     Normal Control Solution           1F2J86          14002-03        1,080
    FreeStyle Lite Blood
     Glucose Monitoring
     System                       01R027D, 01R060D     70805-01          940
    Precision Xtra Blood B-
     Ketone Test Strips               75001A48         70745-35          384
    FreeStyle Freedom Lite
     Blood Glucose
     Monitoring System                 01R076D         70914-01          332
    MediSense Glucose
     Control Solutions                 13085B          70550-05          324
    UniStick 2 Normal
     Single-Use Lancing
     Device                         F2387, F2397       98746-01          240
    Precision Xtra Blood
     Glucose Test Strips        45001F463, 45001F512   99838-35          168
    Precision Xtra Blood
     Glucose Test Strips              45001F113        99878-35          162
    MediSense Glucose
     Control Solutions                 52400 B         70552-05          144
    Precision Xtra Blood
     Glucose and Ketone
     Monitoring System                 03R112D         98814-20           64
    --------------------               -------         --------          ---

* If customers obtain test strips from the following four lots: FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Test Strips (Part Number 71026-20, Lot Numbers: 1165954, 1166006, 1166016) or Precision Xtra Blood Glucose Test Strips (Part Number 99694-35, Lot Number 45001F526) they should not use these test strips and are advised to immediately call Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service at 1-888-522-5226 to have their test strips replaced free of charge. Almost all test strips from these lots were on the stolen tractor-trailer and the remaining test strips from these lots are in Abbott’s control.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident or has received suspicious or unsolicited offers for the product in question after June 19 is advised to contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations at 1-800-551-3989 or by visiting the OCI website www.fda.gov/OCI.

If customers have questions regarding these Abbott Diabetes Care products, please call 1-888-522-5226.


Source: newswire

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