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First diagnostic test with home collection option for COVID-19 authorized by FDA

The first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19 has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA reissued the emergency use authorization (EUA), allowing the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) COVID-19 RT-PCT Test to enable testing of samples self-collected by patients at home, according to an FDA news release.

By using the EUA, LabCorp tests a sample collected from the patient’s nose, through a self-collection kit containing nasal swabs and saline. Patients mail their nasal sample, with an insulated package, to a LabCorp lab to be tested.

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