Where the Comment is King

THE NEWS COMMENTER

VOTE  (0)  (0)

Expiration date on nearly 1 million old Covid tests extended

Added 01-12-22 12:37:02am EST - “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lengthened the shelf-life for around 800,000 expired coronavirus tests that have sat in a warehouse in Florida for months, giving state health officials more time to use them up.” - Rt.com

CLICK TO SHARE

Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Expiration date on nearly 1 million old Covid tests extended”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lengthened the shelf-life for around 800,000 expired coronavirus tests that have sat in a warehouse in Florida for months, giving state health officials more time to use them up.

The FDA allowed the extension after Abbott Diagnostics, the firm that produced the kits, penned a letter to regulators arguing that if the rapid tests were stored at room temperature, they would be stable for another three months, the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday.

While the test kits had already passed their use-by date last September, the FDA previously agreed to push back their shelf-life until the end of 2021, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie told reporters last week. Tuesday’s decision means the tests will be usable until sometime in March.

Guthrie explained that until the rise of the Omicron variant, the demand for rapid tests had plummeted across Florida, leaving hundreds of thousands of kits unused in warehouses. State officials were hesitant to donate any tests that had passed their expiration date because they were concerned they might provide erroneous results, a spokesperson for Governor Ron DeSantis told the Herald last week.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried – who has declared that she will challenge DeSantis in the gubernatorial race later this year – was critical of the state administration after the FDA’s decision, saying that “Floridians were waiting hours in lines to receive potentially lifesaving information while the state was sitting on expiring tests.”

Read more...

If you don't see any comments yet, congrats! You get first comment. Be nice and have fun.

Comment Box is loading comments...

CLICK TO SHARE

BACK TO THE HOME-PAGE