The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is actively and aggressively monitoring the market for any products with fraudulent coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic, prevention and treatment claims as part of our ongoing efforts to protect public health during this pandemic.
As a result of these activities, the agency is beginning to see
Unauthorized, fraudulent test kits for COVID-19 are beginning to be marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Sunday.
“At this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19,” the FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn M.D. said.
The FDA is actively working with developers to create accurate home tests, but nothing is available yet.
If you are aware of fraudulent test kits for COVID-19, please report them to the FDA.
Fraudulent claims, tests, and products can pose serious health risks, Hahn said. Fraud may keep some patients from seeking care or delay necessary medical treatment.
The FDA reminds consumers to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines and speak to your medical provider if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Your medical provider will advise you about whether you should get tested and the process for being tested with an appropriate test.