The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) issued a stern warning yesterday against the use of a smuggled blood glucose meter in the Kingdom. According to an official from the SFDA, the warning goes to health care practitioners and all patients about the use of blood glucose meter CLEVER CHEK TD-4232 manufactured by TaiDoc Technology in Taiwan. “This meter does not have a blood glucose test strip under-fill detection mechanism, nor does it provide feedback to the users when sufficient blood has been applied. It does not alert users either when insufficient blood has been applied,” the official said.
If the test strips are under-filled, it will falsely indicate low blood glucose results, and if it is over-filled, it will reveal a falsely high level of glucose in the human articlebody.
The official said that such incorrect clinical reports would result in inappropriate insulin administration on diabetic patients.
According to the SFDA, the CLEVER CHEK blood glucose meter has not obtained market authorization from the authorities concerned and was not formally cleared through the Kingdom's customs at the ports of entry.
It advised people to use alternative blood glucose monitoring devices, possibly with feedback and/or large display fonts.