Johnson & Johnson is recalling all its OneTouch VerioIQ blood glucose meters in the U.S. because they do not provide a warning when a diabetic's blood sugar level is dangerously high. Instead, at a certain sugar level, the meters turn off.
The meters are made by J&J's LifeScan unit, which will issue a free replacement meter to all patients.
The company says the meters shut down when a patient's blood sugar hits 1,024 milligrams per deciliter.
That's an extremely high level requiring immediate medical attention.
It's extremely unlikely that a diabetic's blood sugar level would get that high but if it did and the patient did not receive medical attention the patient could die.
A normal blood sugar reading is around 120 and diabetics should try to keep their readings below 160.
Patients with one of the meters should contact LifeScan's customer service at 800-717-0276 to arrange for a replacement meter or ask questions. Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT Monday through Sunday.