Covid-19: the Medicines Agency suspends the sale of a urine screening self-test

A “urinary self-test” supposed to detect Covid-19 from a few drops of urine has been withdrawn from sale by the ANSM.

At present, in France, there are 3 ways to screen for Covid-19, the disease caused by infection with the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus: virological tests (RT-PCR), serological tests (taking blood) and antigen tests (sample from the nose, such as PCR test).

So beware of “self-tests” which claim to allow screening for Covid-19 at home! Thus, on February 17, 2021, the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) announced that it had suspended the marketing of a Covid … urinary self-test.

Called “Sars-CoV-2 Urine Antibody Rapid test”, this pseudo-screening test is supposed to work like a pregnancy test: it would suffice to urinate on it to know if one is (or not) infected. by the coronavirus. Probably a scam: indeed, the ANSM explains that “we have no evidence that this test works, as antibodies are generally not found in urine“.

A self-test probably unnecessary and not validated by the health authorities

Manufactured by the companies Inno-bio (in Shanghai) and Olisacare and distributed in France by the companies Biomadetech and Medic sante, the “Sars-CoV-2 Urine Antibody Rapid test” device has not, moreover, obtained all the authorizations necessary to be marketed on French territory.

The sale of self-tests (except pregnancy tests) is also reserved for pharmacies“adds the ANSM, which specifies that”as part of the state of health emergency (decree of July 10, 2020) the use of self-tests is prohibited to detect the virus as well as the antibodies directed against SARS-CoV-2.

Faced with all these elements, the health authorities therefore believe that “use (…) of the Sars-CoV-2 Urine Antibody Rapid test, in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, is (…) likely to immediately compromise the public health interest“Hence the decision to withdraw this product from the market.

Have you purchased this self-test?We ask people who have purchased these tests not to use them“recommends the ANSM. To be tested against Covid-19 reliably, go to a pharmacy or a medical biology laboratory: the list of screening centers is available on the website of the Ministry of Health.

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