Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs, said:
“While many women are aware that false negatives are a risk with any pregnancy test, false positives are generally known to be much rarer. We would be concerned if it transpires there are women who wrongly believe they are pregnant as a result of using the test. Pregnancy testing can be an extremely stressful and emotional time for women – for those who are trying to conceive, sometimes for many months, a positive result is a cause of huge celebration, and the moment when they will book to see their GP. For those who are not planning a pregnancy and are concerned by a missed period, a positive result can throw life plans into disarray and force her to make decisions about what to do next, including seeking abortion advice and care. We echo the advice to women who have used this brand to re-test, and hope the numbers of women affected by problems with this particular test will be small.”
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Notes to Editors:
The affected lot number is listed below:
Description: Clear and Simple Digital Pregnancy Test
Catalogue Number: DM-102
Lot Number: DM10220170710E
Expiry Date: Jan-2020
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