FDA Consumer Update: How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes

Date: 
May, 2017

May 16, 2017. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a consumer update regarding the purchase and use of previously owned test strips for glucose meter testing. Some sellers are now marketing pre-owned or secondhand test strips, which may be sold at lower prices compared with new strips. Although this practice is technically legal, the FDA does not recommend that patients buy pre-owned test strips or resell unused strips because pre-owned strips can give incorrect results and may not be safe to use with specific devices. This is because pre-owned strips may not have been stored properly, may have been tampered with, and/or may have expired. The FDA recommends that patients only purchase unopened glucose test strip packages designed for their specific blood glucose meter.