Rite Aid Mini Digital Temple Touch Thermometer

Recall - potential risk of harm for children who access the button battery

8 March 2018

Consumers and health professionals are advised that ToLife Technologies, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling one lot of its Rite Aid Mini Digital Temple Touch Thermometer as the battery compartment is not adequately secured, allowing access to the button battery inside. The affected lot number is 5216.

If young children gain access to a button battery and ingest it, they may suffer internal chemical burn injuries, which can result in serious illness and, without appropriate medical treatment, may even result in death or permanent injury. In addition, the batteries may pose a choking hazard to young children.

To date, no other lots of the Rite Aid Mini Digital Temple Touch Thermometer are affected by this recall. Units from lot 5216 were distributed to a range of major retailers across Australia

The lot number is printed prominently on the base of the thermometer.

Information for consumers

If you use a Rite Aid Mini Digital Temple Touch Thermometer please check the lot number. If your thermometer is from lot 5216 stop using it and post it to: ToLife Technologies, Reply Paid 36, PO Box 36, Welshpool, WA 6986, for replacement (no stamp required).

You can contact ToLife Technologies by phoning (08) 9350 5688, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm AWST, via email at marketing@tolife.com.au, or by visiting the www.riteaid.com.au website.

Information for health professionals

If you become aware of a patient using a Rite Aid Mini Digital Temple Touch Thermometer please advise them to check the lot number and follow the advice above.

Please submit a report to the TGA if you treat a child after they have swallowed a battery released from a medical device; or if you become aware of an event in which a child has been able to access the battery compartment of a medical device; or if you are using a medical device powered by a button battery that you feel may be too easily accessible by a child.

Reporting problems

Consumers and health professionals are encouraged to report problems with medical devices. Your report will contribute to the TGA's monitoring of these products. For more information see the TGA Incident Reporting and Investigation Scheme (IRIS).

The TGA cannot give advice about an individual's medical condition. You are strongly encouraged to talk with a health professional if you are concerned about a possible adverse event associated with a medical device.