FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham company is selling an at-home COVID-19 testing kit. This clinical diagnostic test is FDA Emergency Use Authorized.
EmpowerDX is selling the online testing kit for $99 each. The Crossing Boulevard company was authorized for an emergency use to sell the home COVID-19 kits in October by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Nasal PCR tests are a fast, affordable, and painless way to get tested for the COVID-19 virus right from your own home. Simply order a test, collect a pain-free sample, and ship it back to the lab for results in just 48 hours (weekdays only). The price includes tax and shipping to and from the lab – so there won’t be any surprise costs to you. Or just pay with insurance. You must be 18 years or older to order and use the Nasal PCR Test,” according to EmpowerRX.
A Q&A from the company headquartered in Framingham:
WHAT IT MEASURES
We’ll test the nasal swab for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
HOW WE COLLECT IT
Collect your shallow, pain-free nasal sample with the provided swab and ship it back to our lab to get tested.
HOW WE DETERMINE YOUR RESULTS
We use the RT-PCR (Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction) method and nucleic acid to look for the RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in your nose. Based on the individual nasal sample, a detectable result indicates the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
WHEN YOU’LL GET RESULTS
You’ll get test results in our secure, online portal in just 48 hours (weekdays only). Tests cannot be shipped back to the lab on Saturday or Sunday, and turnaround time does not include the weekend.
Some insurance providers may approve the kit.