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Warning issued over fake thermometers

18th June 2012

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency have warned parents that fake digital thermometers are being sold on the internet.


The MHRA said people should be aware that the fake thermometers, which are on sale for very low prices, could give incorrect temperature readings and be dangerous.

The agency said it had seized over 400 digital thermometers - some of which were being sold for 99p - following raids in Oxford and Harrow.

The MHRA began the raids after the parents of a child with leukaemia - who had a high temperature and had to be rushed to hospital - realised the thermometer they had bought from the internet was giving incorrect temperature readings.

The agency said the fake thermometers did not have the correct CE safety marks, ID numbers or information leaflets. 

As part of an operation, the MHRA also discovered fake Kiddicare cool pads and Slendertone equipment which was offered for sale on eBay. 

Dr Nicola Lennard, the MHRA's deputy clinical director, said: "Inaccurate readings from cheap, fake thermometers could result in a delay to a child getting the medical treatment they need and it is vital that people do not buy or use cheap, unapproved medical devices.

"The MHRA is working with internet sites to ensure that fake medical devices are not sold to people, and we urge the public to report faulty medical devices."

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