Roche Diagnostics to replace CoaguChek® XS PT Test Strips

Indianapolis, October 31, 2018

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY): This notification supplements previous Urgent Medical Device Correction (UMDC) communications initially issued by Roche Diagnostics on September 12, 2018 and updated on October 17, 2018.

Roche Diagnostics will be proactively replacing all CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips in the United States.

  • Patient Self-Testers (PST) will receive replacement test strips from their self- testing service providers.
  • Professional / Healthcare Providers will receive their replacement test strips through Roche.

The affected CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips are used with the following CoaguChek professional and patient self-testing point-of-care meters listed in the table below.


Healthcare Providers (professional) Patient Self-Testers
CoaguChek XS Professional CoaguChek XS PST
CoaguChek XS Pro CoaguChek Vantus
CoaguChek XS Plus  


Roche Diagnostics, the manufacturer of CoaguChek meters and test strips, recently calibrated the CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips to the most recent International Normalized Ratio (INR) Standard. Since calibrating to this new standard, Roche Diagnostics has been informed of patients experiencing inaccurately high INR test results when testing with the affected lots of CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips listed in the table below.



The lot number is printed on the test strip label, which is applied to the test strip vial. See the picture below for an example of the location of the lot number on the test strip vial.

Patients taking warfarin who receive inaccurate INR results above their target therapeutic range may be at risk for inappropriate therapeutic measures such as a warfarin dose reduction, interruption of warfarin use, or administration of vitamin K.

The affected test strips in the table above will be replaced with new CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips, which are not impacted by the Urgent Medical Device Correction (UMDC) and can be used without the need for confirmatory measurements with a laboratory method.

Action Required – Patient Self-Testers:

Stop using and discard any CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips listed in the table above. As of October 29, 2018, Roche started shipping newly calibrated test strips to healthcare providers and patient self-testing service providers. These test strips have been calibrated to the previous INR standard. For questions regarding when you will receive your new test strips, please contact your test strip provider. If you have any questions regarding your testing schedule, please contact your healthcare provider.

Action Required – Health Care Providers:

Stop using and discard any CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips listed in the table above. Also, please advise your self-testing patients to do the same (see above). Roche Diagnostics has started shipping unaffected test strips to healthcare providers, patient self-testing service providers and distribution partners.

Roche Diagnostics is notifying its healthcare providers, patient self-testing service providers, and distribution partner customers to arrange for replacement of all affected CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips listed in the table above. This will be executed through an updated Urgent Medical Device Correction (UMDC).

Healthcare providers and patients (self-testing customers) with questions may contact Roche Diagnostics Point of Care Technical Service by telephone at 1-800- 428-4674.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to Roche Diagnostics Point of Care Technical Service at 1-800-428-4674 and the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

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For more information, please contact

Nicole Clark
Communications Business Partner
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
(317) 361-9512
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