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Letter from the Editor: August 19, 2009, Issue #482

Aug 19, 2009

There seems to be a lot going on in the glucose testing world this week in response to the FDA announcing potential problems with strips that use glucose dehydrogenase pyrroloquinoline quinone (GDH-PQQ) to evaluate levels of glucose in the blood. (See this week’s Item #3.

Multiple companies are sending out emails and texts explaining what this means to our patients. A lot of the top selling meters use this method for testing and so it only makes sense that their competitors would jump on the bandwagon and send out repeated emails and press releases as to why their testing method is better.

You can bet that as our patients find out about this it will be another reason in their minds to stop monitoring. We need to be ready to talk about this. It is important to remember that this mainly affects patients who would dose their insulin for high readings, so all our oral patients are probably not in danger. In addition, according to the FDA most of the reported reactions occurred from infusions of medications that few of our patients would ever receive. If you think that your patients will be in danger then just switch them to a monitoring system that does not use GDH-PQQ.

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief