An alarming 17 pregnancy test brands have ceased sale in Australia or been recalled following a sweeping review of all home pregnancy tests available.
The review, conducted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), found that several of the common pregnancy tests available to Australian women were giving false negative results — indicating the woman was not pregnant, when she in fact was.
The Therapeutics Goods Administration has reassured women that all the devices remaining on the market in Australia have been shown to work reliably and accurately.
The Medical Director of Family Planning NSW, Dr Deborah Bateson, said that women should be aware that if a test is done too early there may be a false negative result so repeating the test can be a good idea.
“It is very important that women feel confident in their test result because it can have medical implications” she said.
“It appears that several pregnancy test brands were not up to the standards required – when women purchase a test they assume that it will provide a correct result if the instructions have been correctly followed.”
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