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Japanese Survey Finds Wide Diabetes Blood Device Reuse

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

A national survey disclosed 13,408 health institutions such as hospitals and clinics reused devices for drawing blood drops for diabetes tests. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare conducted the survey after it was revealed in May that a clinic had used the same blood-drawing needle on many patients. In all but three cases, the part of the device that was reused was limited to the cap that encloses the needle. Only three institutions actually reused the needles themselves. The ministry said no health problems have been reported as a result of the practice. (Click here for more
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