Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Another Covid self-test kit receives conditional approval

The Beright Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device (Oral Fluid) is the third self-test kit to receive conditional approval for sale at registered pharmacies or private healthcare facilities.

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Another Covid-19 self-test kit has received conditional approval from the health ministry through the Medical Devices Authority (MDA) for sale to the public.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a Facebook post said the latest kit was the Beright Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device (Oral Fluid) made by Hangzhou Alltest Biotech Co Ltd.

The test kit can be supplied by registered pharmacists or private healthcare facilities.

“The use of Covid-19 self-test kits should be limited for screening purposes only, and all test results need further confirmation using RT-PCR,” MDA said.

Two kits – the Salixium Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Rapid Test (Saliva/Nasal Swab Samples) made by Reszon Diagnostic International Sdn Bhd and Gmate Covid-19 Ag Saliva For Home Use by Philosys Co Ltd, Korea – have already been given conditional approval for local distribution.

The list, which will be updated from time to time, can be checked through the MDA portal.

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