Faulty glucose monitors could cause illness

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New medical research shows that the blood glucose monitors used every day by Ohio residents may not be providing accurate information. Experts from the University of North Carolina have revealed the disturbing truth about the unreliable nature of blood-testing monitors, a situation that could lead to a landslide of civil suits in connection with the dangerous medical devices.

Experts say the majority of the problems with the glucose meters are related to the low-budget manufacturing practices used by the products’ developers. Many of these products are manufactured overseas, where quality control requirements are not as stringent. This has led to an overwhelming number of diabetes-related products that are no longer in compliance with regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This practice is likely encouraged by new rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which has pushed for lower-cost durable medical products by instituting bidding processes. The cheapest product wins the endorsement of this group, which oversees the health care of millions of Americans. To make matters worse, there is no existing FDA oversight process to determine the quality of the blood glucose meters that are being distributed to diabetic Americans.

The FDA has been under so much pressure from patient advocates that it has decided to draft a comprehensive document outlining regulations for manufacturers and tightening existing standards. The FDA is committed to helping fix the problem, but those changes will almost certainly be slow to come to fruition. In the meantime, millions of Americans may be using defective glucose monitors without even knowing about the problem.

Patients who have died or suffered serious complications because of faulty glucose monitors may be entitled to corporate reimbursement. If you or a loved one has suffered ill health effects because of defective monitors, consult the services of a qualified personal injury attorney. These professionals can help you learn more about your rights and responsibilities in court, helping you get the money you need and deserve.

Source: www.upi.com, “Expert: Substandard diabetes monitors allegedly on the market” No author given, Jul. 08, 2013