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FDA authorizes Abbott’s rapid $25 Covid test for at-home use

December 16, 2020


The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced that it has authorized Abbott Labs’ rapid Covid-19 test for at-home use, though doctors must prescribe the test for patients.

The test, which is an antigen test that delivers results in about 15 minutes, had previously been authorized for use by trained personnel only, but the new clearance will allow patients to test themselves at home with virtual assistance from a doctor. It’s the third test authorized in the U.S. “that can be used completely at home,” Dr. Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement.

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