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njean

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Last week I had to go see my new cardiologist in town and decided to check my INR right before going to my appointment. I was curious to know how my readings would compare to their readings --- they use a CoaguChek in their office and check my INR as part of their checkup routine.

My INR at home was 3.6 with my INRatio. Their CoaguChek reading was also 3.6! Yay, I was so happy! I get my supplies from Alere without any hassles whatsoever so I'm sticking (no pun intended) to my machine!
 

ajc1991

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Well THAT'S always nice. When differences in readings happen, that's when things can get dangerous.

That's great to hear. Can't wait to get my machine (although I'll have to haha)
 

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Good to hear of meter congurence, I was of the understanding that the most significant problem with the INRatio was with anemia and some other blood issues causing bad readings. Good to know that you are in the clear.
 

realkarl

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The times I have compared my past INRatio 2 results with either lab or Coaguchek they have been spot on as well. From reading the recall it appears faulty readings can occur with certain medical conditions, e.g. anemia or inflammatory issues. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/...tyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm396324.htm
As you can read there, there were 18,924 complaints over 2 years. That seems a high number, but how large a percentage 18,924 is of the total number of tests performed is unknown. It is also a Class I recall ("Class I recalls are for dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_I_recall
I am guessing most insurance companies are not willing to risk potential lawsuits which is why they are replacing the INRatio 2's.
 

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Norma, it's always nice that we can depend on at least one thing to be reliable in our cardiac lives.....I trust my Coaguchek XS completely and just ordered another $200 of strips. :D
 

njean

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realkarl;n852406 said:
The times I have compared my past INRatio 2 results with either lab or Coaguchek they have been spot on as well. From reading the recall it appears faulty readings can occur with certain medical conditions, e.g. anemia or inflammatory issues. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/...tyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm396324.htm
As you can read there, there were 18,924 complaints over 2 years. That seems a high number, but how large a percentage 18,924 is of the total number of tests performed is unknown. It is also a Class I recall ("Class I recalls are for dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_I_recall
I am guessing most insurance companies are not willing to risk potential lawsuits which is why they are replacing the INRatio 2's.
That is what I interpreted when I read the letter and thank God I don't fall into any of those medical categories (yet!). Therefore, my INRatio meter can still be trusted to give me accurate readings and the comparisons proved it!
 

njean

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Bina;n852413 said:
Norma, it's always nice that we can depend on at least one thing to be reliable in our cardiac lives.....I trust my Coaguchek XS completely and just ordered another $200 of strips. :D
I agree Bina! It may give pause to those who have not been where we've been, to see the joy that news like this can bring, at least for a while!
 

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