Johnson & Johnson Recalls OneTouch® Verio®IQ Meters

After detecting extremely high blood glucose levels of 1024 mg/dl or higher, the OTVIQ inexplicitly shuts down and fails to provide the user with an adequate reading and warning.  As a result, a hyperglycemic patient may inadvertently fail to inject themselves with insulin or seek immediate medical attention, which poses serious, even fatal, health risks.

OneTouch® Verio®IQ
OneTouch® Verio®IQ

Of course, for diabetic patients, accurate blood glucose testing can mean the difference between life and death.  As blood sugar levels rise, patients may experience severe complications, such as cell and blood vessel damage, vision problems, and organ failure, which in turn, can result in blindness, ketoacidosis, even death.  Due to the severity of their condition, it is absolutely imperative that diabetics can trust in the quality of products like the OTVIQ.

LifeScan and J&J are currently defendants in a Louisiana based wrongful death action, based on a comparable failure of a similar product, the OneTouch® Ultra® Blood Glucose Meter (“OTUBGM”). The plaintiff, Lenora Cousin, alleges her diabetic husband mistakenly overdosed on insulin, because of an inaccurate reading from his OTUBGM.  While the erroneous reading of Mr. Cousin’s LifeScan meter resulted in too much insulin, as opposed to not enough insulin (the risk related to the current recall), it demonstrates the significant danger to diabetic patients of defective blood glucose meters.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications from use of a LifeScan OTVIQ, you may be entitled to legal remedies.  The attorneys of McEldrew Law have decades of success, litigating complex personal injury matters, related to product defects and medical device malfunction.  Moreover, to assist with your case, the staff of McEldrew Law includes a pharmaceutical diabetic engineer, formerly the in-house engineer for a major pharmaceutical company.  Our collective experience, knowledge, and expertise has resulted in a national reputation for excellence and results.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact McEldrew Law at 1-800-590-4116 or jim@mceldrewlaw.com.