Walgreens Begins Retail Sale of Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit
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America’s Largest Drug Store Chain is Now Selling the Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit Over-the-Counter at 4,785 Stores Across the Country. Identigene’s Retail DNA Testing Service Can Be Used for Personal Peace-of-Mind or Legal Proceedings. SALT LAKE CITY--(Business Wire)-- Identigene today announced Walgreens has begun over-the-counter retail sales of the Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit. It is the first DNA test kit to ever be sold over-the-counter and, with the addition of Walgreens, is now available in more than 15,000 retail locations in 48 states. Walgreens is also offering the DNA paternity test kits through its Web site, Walgreens.com. Prior to the advent of the Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit, the generally known method of obtaining a DNA paternity test often required court involvement, weeks of waiting for results, and a cost of several hundreds of dollars. Identigene's retail kit makes the process a more convenient and affordable service available in the family planning or home diagnostic aisle of the local pharmacy. First offered in a retail storefront in November 2007, Identigene has since sold more than 60,000 DNA Paternity Test Kits nationwide. "People with paternity questions responded immediately to purchasing the test kits at their local drug store," said Identigene COO Doug Fogg. "It is a convenient and familiar place for people to buy products they can trust." DNA paternity testing is the most powerful and accurate method of determining parentage. Identigene's laboratory routinely provides test results with probabilities of paternity greater than 99.99 percent. A pioneer in DNA family relationship testing since 1993, Identigene is accredited by AABB. DNA paternity test participants collect a DNA sample by rubbing the inside of their mouths using swabs provided in the kit. The DNA samples, along with consent forms and lab fee, are then sent in a postage-paid return envelope to Identigene for processing. Results are available within three to five business days of receipt at the laboratory. Customers can choose to receive results by mail or online through a secured Web service. All information remains strictly confidential. Although the Identigene kit is not intended for legal purposes, consumers who wish to use the results for legal proceedings may contact Identigene customer service to coordinate specific specimen collection and chain-of-custody procedures with a disinterested third-party. While the specimen collection process is different for legal testing, the laboratory analysis and reporting for Identigene's DNA testing is the same for both legal and personal purposes. Online Press Room The Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit online pressroom is www.DNAtesting.com/presskit, and provides access to past press releases, high-resolution images, B-roll footage and a store locator. Availability and Pricing The Identigene DNA Paternity Test is now available in 4,785 Walgreens outlets. It will not be offered in New York because a state law requires a doctor's prescription or a court order to initiate a DNA test. Suggested retail price for an Identigene DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit is $29.99. The Walgreens.com price is the same, plus shipping. The laboratory and processing fee for the personal test is $119. The laboratory and processing fee for test results for legal proceedings is $319. About Identigene Identigene, a Sorenson Genomics company, was founded in 1993 and was the first DNA testing laboratory in the world to commercially use modern STR technology for paternity testing. Identigene offers a full range of DNA testing services including tests used to determine paternity, siblingship and other familial relationships, as well as DNA tests for legal purposes such as immigration, child custody, settling estates and resolving other family-related situations. Additional information about Identigene and its DNA testing services is available by visiting www.DNAtesting.com. Identigene Public Relations Jacob Moon, 801-490-1017 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008