New Thyroid Health Test

Thursday 21st November 2019
Dr John Rees, Scientist

Symptoms of an under active thyroid gland are quite general and can easily be dismissed. According to the NHS, symptoms of an underactive thyroid are often similar to those of other conditions, and they usually develop slowly, that they may not be noticed for years. The only accurate way of finding out whether you have a thyroid problem is to have a thyroid function test, where a sample of blood is tested to measure your hormone levels. Thyroid disorders are one of the most common disorders in the world, and are more common in women. The patient support group Thyroid UK, state that hypothyroidism is mostly seen in women between the ages of 40 - 50 and is ten times more…

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Self test kits and early diagnosis

Monday 7th October 2019
JR Biomedical Ltd

SELFCheck is a range of easy to use medical health screening self test kits that you can buy from your pharmacy and use in private at home. SELFCheck tests give you a result within minutes without the need to send your sample in the post and waiting days for results. As you do the test yourself you also avoid paying expensive laboratory fees. SELFCheck test kits are available to check for different medical conditions, some require a finger prick blood drop such as the gluten sensitivity test for coeliac disease or stomach ulcer test whilst other tests require a swab, urine or stool sample. Step-by-step, easy to follow instructions are provided together with information on what your test result means so…

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How to use SELFCheck finger pricker lancets

Monday 23rd September 2019
JR Biomedical Ltd

One of the main issues surrounding self test kits has always been the need for a small blood sample. This is usually taken from the finger tip and in most cases only a drop or two of blood is required. The procedure is quite simple using 'automatic' lancets (finger prickers) that are routinely used in hospitals and clinics. The lancets provided with SELFCheck kits have been specifically chosen to be easy to use and provide sufficient blood for the tests. Although the lancets are not difficult to use, it is important to read and understand the instructions before touching the lancet to avoid inadvertently triggering the device. Once the lancet is triggered, a needle is fired, punctures the finger tip and…

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Superdrug launches SELFCheck self test kits online

Wednesday 18th September 2019

We are pleased to welcome Superdrug as one of our latest retailers supplying SELFCheck self test kits online in the UK. SELFCheck self test kits allow anybody to check whether they have markers in their blood or urine for common health conditions such as gluten sensitivity (coeliac disease), colon polyps and stomach ulcers. The SELFCheck tests take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete and you get a result there and then in the privacy of your own home - avoiding the need to send your blood sample away, waiting days or weeks for results and sometimes expensive lab fees. But perhaps one of the key benefits of the SELFCheck brand is that consumers can be confident that the tests give results…

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SELFCheck customer helpline

Friday 21st June 2019
JR Biomedical Ltd.

Medical self test kits have been helping ordinary people to get a quick diagnosis or monitor their health for decades. Diagnostic technology is evolving, moving out from the hospital laboratory, to the hospital ward, into GP practices and the patient's own home. Self test kits are easily accessed through pharmacies, supermarkets and online stores but not all retailers and distributors have the necessary scientific and technical background to answer all the questions that your customers may have. So, with a background in developing and manufacturing medical diagnostics, as well as an independently audited ISO9001 Quality Management System demonstrating our commitment to customer service, we are pleased to provide you with the support you may require to help you give the best customer…

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Pharmacy SELFCheck Starter Pack

Monday 17th June 2019
JR Biomedical Ltd

If you are an independent pharmacist or own an online pharmacy you may have considered offering self test kits and we would like to make things as easy as possible for you to get started. Product descriptionsHigh resolution images for your web siteRegulatory guidance You can now order the SELFCheck Starter Pack securely online from our B2B trade website and pay with credit card, debit card or Paypal. Order Now This website is strictly for trade orders only. Each starter pack contains 3 each of the 10 SELFCheck tests (30 packs in total). You will need to register on the site for a trade account to view pricing and place orders. For a full trade price list of the range please contact us.

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New images for SELFCheck packaging

Friday 7th June 2019

We are pleased to provide hi-res images of the SELFCheck self test packaging for our retailers to use online. Each product JPG file is 300dpi measuring approximately 2000x1860px and are available to download now from our Dropbox If you have any problems downloading the files or any questions please contact us.

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Key information for UK retailers of self test kits

Saturday 1st June 2019
Dr John Rees FIBMS

Self tests are a class of medical devices that are tightly regulated in the UK, having to comply with the EU In Vitro Diagnostics Directive/Regulations (IVDD/98/79/EC) just like medical diagnostics used in hospital laboratories. Self test diagnostics such as blood glucose meters and pregnancy tests have been available for decades, allowing individuals to take more control over their health. Similar technology is now finding its way into tests for different diseases such as coeliac disease, bowel cancer and STIs. Used correctly and with good advice before and after purchase, self test kits can provide an accessible, low cost and reliable way to help identify a specific health issue. Whether the outcome of a self test is a positive or negative result, individuals can…

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New medical device regulations. Time is running out for distributors

Wednesday 29th May 2019
JR Biomedical Ltd.

The new European Regulation on IVD's (diagnostic tests) EU-MDR/2017/746 came into force 25th May 2017 with a 5 year transition period. This means that all laboratory and self test diagnostic tests sold in the UK will have to be compliant with these regulations by May 2022. These new obligations may impact current supply and distribution agreements. An important point related to the distribution chain for medical device manufacturers means that each economic operator (manufacturer, importer, and distributor) must verify that a previous economic operator has complied with the EU MDR requirements. Thus, importers and distributors must ensure independently that, prior to placing a medical device on the market, the manufacturer, importer and the device itself meet the stipulated EU MDR…

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The importance of knowing your PSA levels

Tuesday 28th May 2019
Professor Christopher Eden, The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford

Thirty-five years following the discovery of prostate specific antigen or PSA (a molecule in the blood) we now have scientific evidence of the highest quality (a randomized controlled trial) that screening men for prostate cancer using PSA saves lives. PSA has come in for a lot of criticism, as it is not completely sensitive or specific for detecting prostate cancer. It is elevated by a number of non-cancerous conditions (increased age, increased size of prostate, urinary infection, urinary obstruction, prostate trauma and ejaculation) as well as being normal in a fifth of men with prostate cancer. However, urologists know this and never diagnose prostate cancer on the basis of a raised PSA level alone. We use it to identify men in…

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