Becton Dickinson begins selling new at-home rapid COVID-19 test

FILE PHOTO: A test tube labelled "COVID-19 Test positive" is seen in this illustration picture
A test tube labelled "COVID-19 Test positive" is seen in this illustration picture taken, March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Oct 25 (Reuters) - Becton Dickinson and Co (BDX.N) has partnered with Inc (AMZN.O) to begin shipment of a new at-home rapid COVID-19 test that can confirm results using an entirely automated smartphone app.

The BD Veritor At-Home COVID-19 Test, which was authorized by U.S. regulators in August, also automatically reports results to federal and state public health authorities.

"One of the unique things about this test is that it's really the very first test to actually have an interpreted digital result," said Dave Hickey, president of Becton Dickinson's life sciences business.

Other at-home tests generally require results to be submitted for an in-person review.

Becton Dickinson plans to add further distribution partners alongside Amazon as sales of the test ramp up, said Hickey, adding that the company has the capacity to make 12 million rapid tests per month across all of its test types.

Rapid tests have been in increasingly short supply in recent months as U.S. employers and schools have rushed to stock up. The White House in September said it planned to mandate weekly testing for unvaccinated staff at businesses with more than 100 employees. read more

The BD Veritor at-home test will retail for around $40 for a packet of two tests. Amazon, which has a testing partnership with the U.S. government, is selling the two-pack for $26.50.

Reporting by Carl O'Donnell; Editing by Jan Harvey and Bill Berkrot

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