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OneTouch glucose meters recalled

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson is recalling all OneTouch VerioIQ blood glucose meters in the United States because they do not provide a warning if a diabetic’s blood sugar level is dangerously high. Instead, at a certain level, the meters turn off.

The meters are made by J&J’s LifeScan unit, which will issue free replacement meters.

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The company says the meters shut down when blood sugar hits 1,024 milligrams per deciliter. That’s an extremely high level requiring emergency medical attention. Diabetics are urged to keep their peak blood sugar level, shortly after a meal, below 160 milligrams per deciliter.

J&J said patients with one of the meters should call 800-717-0276.

The recall is J&J’s latest in a string of about three dozen since 2009. Most have involved nonprescription medicines such as Tylenol and Motrin; others were for faulty replacement hips and prescription drugs for conditions such as epilepsy. The company is operating under increased scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration.

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