We don’t hear about a lot of problems with the home pregnancy test kit. Like everything else though, every now and then a problem or potential problem arises and we hear about product recalls. It happens even in the home pregnancy test industry, although not often.
The home pregnancy test kit first came on the market in 1978. It was the EPT which at the time stood for Early Pregnancy Test but has since changed its name to Error Proof Test. Today, nearly 30 years later there are dozens of pregnancy test kits available online and in the stores.
In 2005, the B-Sure pregnancy test kit was voluntary recalled by Harmony Brands because its safety and efficacy could no longer be assured. No word on what the exact problem was but Harmony Brands offered anyone who still had the unused kit a refund and cautioned those who had used the kit to check with their doctor as the results may not have been correct. These pregnancy test kits were sold in dollar stores and convenience stores.
Also in 2005, there were pregnancy test kits sold over the internet along with other home test kits from a Canadian manufacturer. These kits were sent to people in an envelope with the type of test included written on the envelope. This same company was selling home test kits for HIV and syphilis as well. The company, Globus Media, according to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard did not have FDA approval of the product or permission to sell them in the United States.
Again in 2005, Health Canada warned consumers not to use New Choice, a home pregnancy test kit not approved for sale in Canada. As far as the United States is concerned, home pregnancy test kits have to be approved by the FDA.
Conveinence of Home Kits
Actually, in the nearly 30 year history of the pregnancy test kit there have been very few incidences to cause concern. It has been one of the few devices to come along that truly makes our lives easier without causing more problems and costing more money than the initial cost.
Not only did we have to go to the doctor’s office for a pregnancy test before the pregnancy test kit came on the market, but we then had to wait 10-14 days for the results. Even the 2 hours we had to wait for the very first home pregnancy tests was minimal in comparison. Our lives are easier today because of the pregnancy test kit.