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Schumer calls for FDA to step up as unregulated coronavirus tests appear online

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the FDA to take action as a rise of unregulated, unproven at-home coronavirus test kits appear online.

The Senator is calling that the agency take on more oversight of the market, ramp up inspections, and file cease and desist actions against the sellers.

A simple online search for the kits brings up quantities of test kits for diagnosis and for antibodies — and the tests have not been validated for accuracy.

“While the coronavirus itself continues to risk infecting people, varying at-home test kits for the virus’s antibodies, and even the disease itself, are now infecting the internet and the consumer marketplace. However, the vast, vast majority of these ‘kits’ are unproven, untested and totally unregulated by the FDA, and that’s dangerous,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

“That is why I am publicly calling on the FDA to institute a crackdown on these kits now exploding across the internet. The agency (FDA) must raise the bar, move heaven and earth and stand up for consumers who are vulnerable, uncertain and anxious with all that is going on,” he added.



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