July 24, 2013

It is Not OK.

Sometimes, I may be prescient. I know that came as a shock to me too.

Back in 2010 I wrote a piece about medical devices approved by the FDA. In it I joked about the OK Meter saying, “No pretensions of greatness at all. It is just OK.”

Maybe it isn’t so OK.

OK Biotech and Prodigy Diabetes care “Aligned Ownership.” In their announcement they were clear about opportunities with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services bidding.

Yesterday Prodigy Diabetes Care was disclosed as the recipient of a FDA warning letter in the FDA press release, “FDA alerts companies to stop illegal sale of treatments for diabetes.

I strongly urge people with diabetes to read that FDA letter.
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2013/ucm360148.htm
In part it says:

Complaint #598 describes an event in which a patient exhibited symptoms of low blood sugar levels after receiving high (260, 169, and 158 mg/dL) blood glucose results when using your firm’s device. Emergency technicians confirmed that the patient had a low blood glucose level of less than 20 mg/dL. The information included for complaint # 598 reasonably suggests that your firm’s device may have caused or contributed to a life threatening injury. An MDR should have been submitted for this complaint.

That said:
Emergency technicians confirmed that the patient had a low blood glucose level of less than 20 mg/dL - And - 
An MDR should have been submitted for this complaint.

That means one was not.

That is NOT OK.

How far below 20mg mg/dl does someone have to go to get a Medical Device Report filed? How much lower can someone go and recover?


 Thanks FDA for the letter.

One question - Does warning mean they are still selling strips to CMS?


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1 comment:

katy said...

Chilling.

I wonder about this when my son says he feels low, but his meter says he's in range and his Dexcom agrees. When he sees the meter number, he goes along with it and either forgets about feeling low or just...moves on.

This story is terrifying.