Over-the-counter home test for COVID-19 gets US green light
December 16, 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first home test for COVID-19 that doesn't require a prescription will soon be on U.S. store shelves.
U.S. regulators Tuesday authorized the rapid coronavirus test, which can be done entirely at home. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents another important — though incremental — step in efforts to expand testing options.
Regulators granted emergency use for a similar home test last month, but that one needs a doctor's prescription.
The agency's action Tuesday allows sales in places like drugstores "where a patient can buy it, swab their n...