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FDA warns vs uncertified test kit

/ 04:20 AM March 14, 2022
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MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public not to use the Genefinder COVID-19 AG self-test being sold in some stores because it has not undergone the requisite government certification.

“Since this uncertified COVID-19 test kit has not gone through the evaluation process of the FDA, the agency cannot assure its quality and safety,” the FDA said in an advisory over the weekend.

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In January, the FDA approved two brands of self-administered COVID-19 antigen test kits by Abbott Panbio and Labnovation Technologies. The agency said 31 other brands are still being evaluated.

—DONA Z. PAZZIBUGAN

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