The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned diabetics not to use GlucoMen LX Sensor strips, used with GlucoMen LX and GlucoMen LX PLUS blood glucose meters, manufactured by Menarini in Italy.

The faulty products can cause inaccurate readings which could lead to patients injecting too much insulin. The affected lots were sold to pharmacies in the UK between October and November 2012.

The manufacturing fault has now been resolved, and currently there are no reports of any adverse affects from any UK patients that have used the faulty products.

Judith Gledhill, from Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Diabetes sufferers know only too well the consequences of false readings.

“The key is for the message to get out that there has been a manufacturing fault - diabetes sufferers need to know to watch out. The lack of any adverse reports from patients so far shouldn't lead to complacency as a misleading reading can have serious consequences.

“Manufacturing faults aren't unknown and at Thompsons, we are continuously working at any one time to support hundreds of people who have been harmed by dangerous or defective products.”