Published: 11 May 2017
Updated:  26 October 2017

Hormonal Testing Preparations

The Ministry of Health and Medsafe are aware of public interest around the product Primodos and any other systemic hormonal testing preparations previously available in New Zealand.

Any indications that a medicine may have caused serious adverse effects are treated extremely seriously by both the Ministry of Health and Medsafe.

As recent international reports have related to a period dating back up to five decades ago, the Ministry has been working through its archival files to establish the specifics of use for these products in New Zealand.

We have established that:

During this process, we have been encouraging women who may have experience of being prescribed hormone-based pregnancy testing products such as Primodos to report their concerns and we have also been working closely with the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) in Dunedin.

For more information read Your Guide to Adverse Reaction Reporting - Medsafe website.

Any concerns can be reported directly to the Ministry, and can also be referred to CARM for reporting of possible adverse events.

Additionally, it's important to acknowledge that the international information surrounding Primodos is currently being formally reviewed by a working group in the United Kingdom.

Medsafe and the Ministry of Health will be following that review closely to learn what implications there might be for women who may have received the product in this country.

Through its memorandum of understanding with the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Medsafe can receive information directly from the UK regulator.

Medsafe is also happy to make available to the working group any and all information from New Zealand which may be useful.

We'll continue to provide updated additional information as it becomes available and would advise any members of the public who may have specific concerns about Primodos to contact Healthline, phone 0800 611 116, or email the Ministry on