Women who have bought an affected Clear & Simple product should use other tests to determine if they are pregnant. Dr Duncan McPherson, MHRA’s clinical director of medical devices, said any affected tests can be returned to wherever they were bought from.
He added: ‘It is important people check the lot number of any Clear & Simple Digital Pregnancy Tests they have purchased to see if they have a product from an affected lot. ‘If you have any questions about using digital pregnancy tests, please speak to your healthcare professional.
‘Patient safety is our highest priority. We strongly encourage anyone to report any issues with this product, or more generally with any medical device, to our Yellow Card Scheme.’ The Clear & Simple Digital Pregnancy Tests that have been affected have the lot number DM10220170710E and expire in January 2020.
The MHRA has issued alerts over a string of faulty products in the past few months, including 10 batches of Durex condoms. The condom firm warned the affected condoms could burst during sex. And the MHRA in July also issued a recall of scores of faulty tourniquets that may not have stopped patients from bleeding to death.
First responders and hikers were urged to check if they have a SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet. A problem in the sewing of the gadget may have caused the seam holding the buckle to the belt to fail when used to stop blood flow. And the month before it recalled 200,000 bottles of blackcurrant cough syrups for children sold in supermarkets. Parents were urged to return any affected own-brand bottles at Tesco, Asda, Wilko, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, amid fears they may contain mould.