FDA approves 2 brands of self-testing COVID-19 antigen kits

A Covid-19 Lateral Flow (LFT) self-test kit, containing a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test, supplied by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), is held up for a photograph in Brenchley, in the southeast of England, December 14, 2021. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of two brands of self-administered COVID-19 antigen test kits, an official said Monday.

FDA Officer in Charge Oscar Gutierrez said Abbot’s Panbio COVID-19 antigen self-test and Labnovation Technologies, Inc.’s SARS-COV-2 antigen rapid test were approved.

Eleven manufacturers of self-administered COVID-19 test kits have applied for approval of their products before the FDA.

Approved brands mean they have passed FDA and Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) standards.

Gutierrez reminded the public to buy only FDA-certified self-testing kits and to buy from FDA-approved drug outlets.

The public should check the expiry date of products and demand official receipts from stores.

They should also carefully read and follow the instructions to avoid possible erroneous results.

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