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CVS Pharmacy has announced the availability of 3 OTC COVID-19 testing options in stores and online.
CVS Pharmacy has announced the availability of 3 OTC COVID-19 testing options in stores and online, according to the press release.
The available tests are the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test, the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test, and the Pixel by Labcorp PCR Test Home Collection Kit. Each test has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), does not require a prescription, and is intended for use by individuals with or without symptoms.
The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test is the first rapid, fully at-home test to receive an EUA for at-home use without prescription. This test delivers results in 15 minutes through a free app downloaded to a smartphone without the need for a second test and will be available in select locations starting April 19, according to the press release.
The Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test also delivers results in 15 minutes and includes a box with 2 tests that should be administered twice over 3 days with at least 36 hours between tests. These tests are available in 5600 CVS Pharmacy locations with additional locations to follow in the coming weeks.
Finally, the Pixel by Labcorp PCR Test Home Collection Kit is the exact test used by physicians across the United States, with results typically available within 1 to 2 days and it can be accessed via the Pixel by Labcorp website. The test is available now online and in select stores in Alabama, Massachusetts , Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
"Access to testing continues to be an important part of the nation's pandemic response. Making OTC COVID-19 tests available to our customers helps remove barriers by providing convenient options for testing," said George Coleman, senior vice president and chief merchant at CVS Pharmacy, in the press release. "CVS Health has been a leader in providing accessible testing in communities nationwide, and we continue to bring new solutions to market to ensure that consumers have a variety of COVID-19 testing options available to them."
Over-the-counter COVID-19 testing now available at CVS Pharmacy. PR Newswire. Published April 19, 2021. Accessed April 19, 2021. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/over-the-counter-covid-19-testing-now-available-at-cvs-pharmacy-301271196.html