I don’t mean to alarm you, but if you’ve done a pregnancy test in the last few weeks, you may want to repeat it.
In fact I urge you to repeat it, ASAP. If you know anyone who has recently tested, prompt them to do another one, too.
Because many of the pregnancy tests available in Australian supermarkets and chemists have been found to be unreliable!
The Therapeutic Good Administration has conducted a broad review of the DIY pregnancy testing kits, after reports that a number of false negative results had been collected at a family planning clinic.
They haven’t supplied any dates about when these faulty tests were on the market, but it’s better to be safe than sorry by retesting.
What we do know for certain is this: “All devices remaining on the market in Australia have been shown to work reliably and accurately”, the TGA reports.
Apparently, all of the negative results at the clinic were recorded using the One Step HCG urine pregnancy test. It was tested by the TGA and found to be “insensitive” in detecting the hCG hormone.
Insensitive is one word for it… Alarming, untrustworthy, unreliable, terrifying… These are other words that spring to mind!
The One Step product has since been recalled and cancelled from the Australian Register Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
This has prompted the TGA to test a total of 38 DIY pregnancy kits; of 38 brands/devices the TGA findings were as follows:
- 9 cancelled their ARTG entries and stopped supplying product to Australia
- 2 had their ARTG entries cancelled because they were improperly included on the ARTG list in the first place
- 5 were found to be faulty, and had regulatory action taken against them
- 22 were found to work reliably.
As we said earlier: all devices that remain on the market are reliable and accurate. But it wouldn’t hurt to get a blood test, just to be sure…
Consumers can return recalled pregnancy self-test tests to the point of purchase for a refund. They include:
PregSure digital: Batch 16D119-1100
PregSure test strips: Batch 16D119-0000
First Response Digital Pregnancy Test and First Response Test & Reassure: Batches SU5341, SU6207, SU6237, SU6308, SU6335, SU6196, SU6305A, SU6315A