Juneau distributing CareStart COVID-19 self-tests

    Photo courtesy of CBJ.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Juneau is distributing COVID-19 antigen home tests to the general public

    The tests are CareStart COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests, which have a printed expiration date on the box of March 2022. CBJ said that the CareStart test kits being distributed all expire on June 30, 2022.

    This is based on approval from the Food and Drug Administration to extend the test’s shelf life expiration date from 6 to 9 months.

    The CareStart COVID tests are made by Access Bio.

    The FDA’s approval to extend the shelf life to 9 months when stored at 34–86°F is based on the results of Access Bio’s stability studies.

    Access Bio submitted real-time stability data on December 1, 2021, and the FDA granted nine months of shelf-life for the test as of January 20, 2022.

    The tests are available at the City Hall cash office, All Juneau Public Libraries, Juneau Public Health Center, and the Juneau Police Department.

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