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Home-use PCR test kit to go on sale at FamilyMart

2022-07-06
Focus Taiwan
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Image taken from the Facebook page of iCare Diagnostics
Image taken from the Facebook page of iCare Diagnostics

Taipei, July 5 (CNA) A home-use COVID-19 PCR testing kit developed by a Terry Gou (郭台銘)-backed biotech company will go on sale Wednesday at FamilyMart convenience stores, the convenience store chain said Tuesday.

In a press release, FamilyMart said the iCare Diagnostics kit was the first at-home PCR test to be sold in Taiwan and had also received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The product, which consists of a test reading device and 30 individual tests, will be available via FamilyMart's FamiPort machines from 10 a.m. Wednesday, at a cost of NT$13,399 (US$450), the company said.

In the press release, FamilyMart said the device was suitable for companies looking to test their employees or for use at home and could be programmed to send results via text message or email.

Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration granted the test kit EUA on June 20, after determining that it was 85.3 percent effective at detecting positive results and 100 percent effective at detecting negative results.

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