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Roche Diagnostics launches self-testing kit for COVID-19

The company said it has introduced the COVID-19 At-Home Test, an over-the-counter test for detection of SARS CoV-2 infection in individuals with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 and is approved by ICMR.

January 27, 2022 / 04:29 PM IST
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Roche Diagnostics India on Thursday said it has launched a COVID-19 ’at-home’ detection kit.

The company said it has introduced the COVID-19 At-Home Test, an over-the-counter test for detection of SARS CoV-2 infection in individuals with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 and is approved by ICMR.

COVID-19 At-Home Test can successfully detect SARS-CoV-2 virus including the Omicron variant, it added.

Roche has been at the forefront of reliable and benchmark diagnostic solutions for 125 years.

COVID-19 At-Home Test is the newest addition to Roche’s comprehensive COVID-19 test solutions and allows convenient anytime, anywhere access to testing, Roche Diagnostics India & Neighbouring Markets Managing Director Narendra Varde said.

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As the third wave sets in, accessibility to such simple, convenient, fast and instrument-free self-test can contribute significantly to help better manage lives and health during the ongoing pandemic, he added.

The self-test kit includes a test cassette, a sterile swab, a tube with liquid and nozzle cap, along with a step-by-step self-test guide and QR code to access the instruction video.

Roche Diagnostics has already launched a wide range of COVID-19 testing solutions in the country, including the RT-PCR test, a lab-based antigen test, and Rapid Antigen tests for professional use.



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