Test strips recalled after company receives reports of 3 deaths

Many people in Philadelphia rely on test strips to accurately monitor a variety of medical conditions including diabetes and various blood coagulation disorders. They may use the results in order to adjust their behaviors or medications in order to keep their condition under control. It’s probably safe to say that a majority of test strip users don’t even think twice about the strips’ accuracy.

However, after a recent urgent recall by a test strip manufacturer, people may begin to look at their test strips differently. The issue is with a brand of test strips that are used to monitor the clotting tendency of blood. It seems that the strips are returning inaccurately low results. This has placed people who use the strips in danger of spontaneous bleeding.

The strips measure a person’s prothrombin ratio and international normalized ratio PT/INR. People use this monitoring system when they are being given anticoagulant drugs or injections. Those who are on this type of therapy are typically those who have had heart problems or have had heart valve replacement surgery or those who are attempting to prevent blood clots.

There have already been nine reports of people suffering medical issues as a result of the faulty test strips. Three people have died from bleeding problems. Those who were negatively affected and the families of those who died may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney about their product liability case. They may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses and/or funeral costs.

Source: Forbes, “Urgent Product Recall For Patients On Blood Thinners,” David Kroll, May 7, 2014

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