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CDC, FDA Warn About Fingerstick Devices

August 31, 2010

CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have issued a joint warning against the reuse of fingerstick and point-of-care (POC) blood testing devices. The agencies report they have documented an increasing number of blood-borne infections, particularly hepatitis B virus, transmitted through the devices in the past 10 to 15 years.

The agencies' statements include the following recommendations:

For more information, visit CDC at and FDA at

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Excerpted from:
MedPage Today
08.28.2010; Cole Petrochko

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