As the population ages, the incidence of diabetes is on the rise. More diabetics means greater demand for blood glucose monitoring products.
It is in this vein that we report on the recent theft of a tractor-trailer shipment of Abbott Laboratories blood glucose monitoring products from a shipping carrier facility in Louisville, Kentucky.
Stolen blood glucose monitoring products pose health risks because they may have degraded after being stored at the wrong temperature or humidity or under other improper conditions, or as a result of tampering, may have been contaminated.
Accordingly, consumers should make sure to purchase blood glucose monitoring products only from well established, trusted and reputable sources. It's also important to remember that you get what you pay for – i.e., an unusually low price is often an indication that a product has been stolen.
And whatever the source of a purchase, consumers should always inspect blood glucose monitoring products and labels for evidence of tampering before opening such as a broken seal.