USFDA approves first C-19 test kit for home use

The single-use test, made by Lucira Health, has been given emergency use authorization for home use

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Last Updated on November 19, 2020 by The Health Master

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had approved the first C-19 self-testing kit for home use that provides results within 30 minutes.

The single-use test, made by Lucira Health, has been given emergency use authorization for home use with self-collected nasal swab samples in individuals age 14 and older who are suspected of C-19 by their health care provider, the FDA said.

“While C-19 diagnostic tests have been authorized for at-home collection, this is the first that can be fully self-administered and provide results at home,” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said.

The kit can also be used at hospitals but samples should be collected by a healthcare provider if the individuals who are tested are younger than 14 years, the health regulator said.


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