Attention fellow podders!! Abbott has issued a recall for its Freestyle test strips that are used with the Omnipod PDM. According to Abbott, the strips may be reading erroneously low blood sugars. You should contact Abbott to receive a new supply of 400 test strips.
But that’s not all: there is also a recall on the strips for the Freestyle Flash and Freestyle Blood Glucose meters. So, you know, that’s awesome. The only blood sugar meter from Abbott that works is the Freestyle Freedom glucose meter. So if you have that, you’re golden. If you’re like me, you’re SOL.
I called Abbott this afternoon before going to the pharmacy to pick up my new order of test strips, so I’m glad I heard about this before plopping down a bunch of money on test strips, what with it being the beginning of the year and my deductible not being met. I should be receiving the replacement strips in 3-5 days. I don’t have another Freestyle meter, so I’m going to go ahead and use the strips because from what I can tell, it has not been negatively affecting me.
My biggest beef with this recall is how the information was disseminated. This press release came out yesterday and I found out about it today. On top of that, do you know how I found out about it? Through an email from my fellow podder, Stacey, who emailed dozens of people on the system. Not a word from Insulet or Abbott yet. So what gives? This is a massive recall for people who use the Omnipod system, and yet Insulet is completely mum on the issue. Several people in the Omnipod Facebook forum report finding out about the recall through social media.
Social media is an excellent avenue for dispersing various bits of information and to stay in touch with the pulse of the community. But when it comes to a recall that affects the health of thousands of individuals, get your collective act together, Insulet and Abbott, and send out a proper email or make a phone call. You should know better.