Posted by: Mark Stevens | November 24, 2007

Chinese Counterfeit Devises Elevate Health Concerns


Christe S. Bruderlin-Nelson

This past summer, a Shanghai court fined a Chinese businessman 400,000 yuan ($53,000) and sentenced him to 3½ years in prison for producing fake versions of the OneTouch brand of diabetes testing supplies, a product of LifeScan Inc. (Milpitas, CA), a Johnson and Johnson company.

LifeScan announced in October 2006 that it discovered counterfeiters were distributing the imitation test strips. Complaints about faulty results last year in September led to the discovery. These test strips, which are used to help monitor blood sugar levels of people with diabetes, produced erratic results according to LifeScan, and as a result, testers could give themselves life-threatening amounts of insulin. No known cases of injury or death were associated with the use of these counterfeit products, though certainly both were possible.


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