Bayer's diabetes test strips overrate glucose level

By Margarita Snegireva. Bayer AG recalls Contour diabetes test strips from the markets of seven countries as a manufacturing problem occurred. These test show higher level of blood sugar that actually it is, FDA Website states.

Test results may come in 5-17 pct higher than actual blood sugar levels, it said, adding the issue affects only test strips used with Bayer's Contour TS blood sugar measuring device.

'The root cause of the problem has been identified, and corrective actions implemented including additional quality control measures to prevent recurrence,Bayer said in the statement.

Bayer Schering Pharma AG is a research-centered pharmaceutical company that was formed by the merger of Schering with Bayer on December 29, 2006. The company was originally founded in 1851 by Ernst Schering (1824-1889). The company employs more than 26,000 people in 140 subsidiaries all over the world. The company's headquarters are in Berlin-Wedding, Germany and the forerunner company Schering's annual gross revenue was nearly € 5 billion (2003). They retain the largest German manufacturing facility which is located in Bergkamen. The company focuses on the business areas of gynaecology & andrology, oncology and also special therapeutics, diagnostical devices & nuclear medicine. Schering best-known product is their line of combined oral contraceptive pills.