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Johnson & Johnson has recalled all OneTouch VeriolQ blood sugar meters. The blood glucose meters turn off when blood sugars reach a certain level, thereby failing to warn diabetics when their blood sugar level reaches dangerous levels. Johnson & Johnson will replace the defective products to all patients.

According to a company spokesperson, the blood glucose meters shut down when blood sugar reaches 1,024 milligrams per deciliter. A blood sugar level that high requires urgent medical attention. In the unlikely event that a diabetic’s blood sugar reached that high level, failure to obtain immediate medical attention could result in serious injury or even death.

Diabetics should keep their blood sugar levels at or below 160 milligrams per deciliter. Sustained Blood sugar levels that are even slightly above that level , can cause damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes and blood vessels, leading to renal failure, leg amputations, blindness, and death.

The OneTouch recall is the latest of nearly three dozen recalls of defective products that have plagued Johnson & Johnson since 2009.

For more information, contact the Ohio defective product lawyers at Clark, Perdue & List.

Source: USA Today, “Company recalls blood sugar meters,” Linda A. Johnson, AP, March 25, 2013.