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Fraudulent COVID-19 home test kits intercepted by U.S. officials

Fraudulent COVID-19 home test kits intercepted by U.S. officials

4/10/2020 3:58:00 PM

Fraudulent COVID-19 home test kits intercepted by U.S. officials

A shipment of 100 fraudulent COVID-19 test kits sent from China has been intercepted by officials in Oregon .

The kits were reportedly sent from a China-based company called Anhui Deep Blue Medical Technology Co.Federal agents and Portland police tracked the man who bought the test kits to an apartment in North Portland.He had previously worked as a senior vice president of supply chain at the now defunct Cure Cannabis Solutions, according to the affidavit.

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Federal prosecutors said authorities wanted to seize the test kids before they fell into public hands. The only way to get tested foris via a healthcare provider and there is no authorized home test kit.Technicians in the testing lab process coronavirus tests at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesIn March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers about fraudulent COVID-19 test kits."The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is actively and aggressively monitoring the market for any firms marketing products with fraudulent

coronavirus(COVID-19) diagnostic, prevention and treatment claims as part of our ongoing efforts to protect public health during this pandemic," the FDA stated."As a result of these activities, the agency is beginning to see unauthorized fraudulent test kits that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home."

The FDA added that it had not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19 and that fraudulent health claims, tests, and products can pose serious health risks. In some cases, it added, they may keep some patients from seeking care or delay necessary medical treatment.

"The FDA sees the public health value in expanding the availability of COVID-19 testing through safe and accurate tests that may include home collection, and we are actively working with test developers in this space," it stated."The FDA will take appropriate action to protect consumers from bad actors who take advantage of a crisis to deceive the public by marketing tests that pose risks to patient health. This may include issuing warning letters, seizures or injunctions."

Read more: Newsweek »

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