Diabetes test strips recalled
The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with diabetes about a recall of up to 62 million glucose test strips that can incorrectly show abnormally high blood sugar readings. Nova Diabetes Care announced the recall. An incorrect reading could potentially lead to dangerous medication errors. The strips covered by the recall are marketed under the brand names Nova Max Blood Glucose Test Strips and Nova Max Plus Glucose Meter Kits. To learn more, go to www.novacares.com/news/nova-max-recall.php or call 800-681-7390.
Microsoft has added a pared-down version of its Office software to Android phones, but it won’t work on Android tablets, just as it doesn’t on iPads. It requires a $100-a-year subscription to Office and won’t be sold separately. The new offering follows the release of an iPhone version in June and brings an Office app to phones running the most widely used operating system on new smartphones.
Health plan provider
Online health insurance broker eHealth has won permission from the U.S. government to sign up customers for subsidized plans offered under the federal health care law. The company said it will be able to tap into a government computer system that will allow it to determine whether people shopping for plans at its website are eligible for tax subsidies for their health insurance. The information will allow eHealth to offer customers subsidized plans available in their state.
Amazon.com will produce pilot episodes for five children’s television shows, strengthening its programming for families. Amazon will decide which of the pilots to expand into full series production based on feedback from customers who watch the videos online.
NEC exits smartphones
NEC has become the latest Japanese smartphone maker to fall by the wayside, underlining the failure of the country’s once-proud electronics industry to keep pace with the likes of Apple and Samsung. NEC, once the leading mobile phone maker in Japan, said it will stop making smartphones after watching its share of the domestic market dwindle to 5.3 percent, down from 28 percent in 2001.
An operator of TGI Fridays restaurants in New Jersey raided as part of Operation Swill has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for serving customers cheap booze when they paid for top shelf. Acting attorney general John Hoffman said the fine levied against the Briad Group should send a message to every bar and restaurant in the state that customers should always get what they pay for. Twenty-nine establishments were raided as part of the operation.
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