ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning Americans that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults in the United States. Falsely lower test results may lead to improper patient management and treatment for lead exposure or poisoning.
The FDA is unable to identify the root cause for the inaccurate results, based on data provided by Magellan. We are conducting studies with the CDC to identify the cause and better characterize the extent of the problem. At this time, the FDA has no evidence that Magellan’s LeadCare Testing Systems have the same problem when processing capillary blood samples. The FDA is aggressively investigating the root cause of this issue with the manufacturers, health care facilities and the CDC, and will update this safety communication as critical information becomes available. For more information please refer to the Safety Communication.
BACKGROUND: Magellan Diagnostics Inc. manufactures the following lead testing systems affected by this warning: LeadCare, LeadCare II, LeadCare Plus, and LeadCare Ultra.
The LeadCare Testing Systems detect the amount of lead in a blood sample obtained from finger or heel prick (capillary) or from a vein (venous). This warning applies to all four Magellan Diagnostics LeadCare Testing Systems when processing venous blood samples, in the United States.
Note: Magellan's LeadCare II is a point-of-care (CLIA-waived) blood lead testing system on which users mostly test capillary blood samples. However, some laboratories also process venous blood samples with the LeadCare II system, which is why this safety communication includes all Magellan LeadCare Testing Systems.
The LeadCare Testing Systems are used in clinical laboratories,...