Company broadens access to Over-the-Counter COVID Tests
By Terry Troy
Cardinal Health will leverage its expansive distribution network to support broad access to Quidel’s QuickVue® At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test and Abbott’s BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test, which allow consumers to easily perform tests for the virus without a prescription.
“Rapid over-the-counter tests will be pivotal in supporting the safe and sustained reopening of our country, especially as we see a rise in cases due to the Delta variant,” said Chris Kerski, senior vice president and general manager, Cardinal Health Laboratory Products. “Because we offer a full suite of solutions for COVID-19 testing, as well as vaccine transport and storage, Cardinal Health has been helping organizations and communities determine the best solutions for bringing their populations safely back out of the home since the pandemic began. We’re proud to say we now offer these over-the-counter products as part of our holistic laboratory products portfolio.”
With the addition of rapid at-home tests, Cardinal Health’s laboratory products portfolio can now support customized testing and surveillance programs for workplaces, the travel and hospitality industry, and schools with comprehensive solutions that include at-home tests, rapid on-site testing, PCR (molecular testing) and on-site or at-home specimen collection.
“Cardinal Health’s safe reopening offerings and broad channel presence will play a key role in widening access to testing,” said Douglas Bryant, president and chief executive officer, Quidel. “Quidel and Cardinal Health have collaborated closely since the start of the pandemic to serve the country with these COVID-19 testing solutions. On March 17, 2020, just days after the U.S. declared COVID-19 a national emergency, we received emergency use authorization of our high throughput PCR testing platform and, that very same day, announced that we partnered exclusively with Cardinal Health to distribute it rapidly and broadly. This was essential early-on in the global fight against the virus – and the work didn’t stop there.”
Bryant added, “Cardinal Health and Quidel continued working together on a massive distribution push to get our Sofia® SARS rapid antigen assay out to the largest health system in the U.S. – and this latest distribution partnership is another critical step forward in Quidel’s efforts to democratize access to our testing solutions, including our QuickVue® At-Home OTC COVID-19 antigen.”
COVID-19 OTC rapid tests allow employers, schools and individuals to easily implement screening and surveillance testing programs to identify both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections. While the effort to vaccinate more Americans continues, these programs will also
remain a vital piece in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 as new variants like Delta emerge and with the potential for the virus to reemerge seasonally.
“As the most widely used and studied rapid COVID-19 antigen tests in the U.S., BinaxNOW has helped communities, schools, workplaces and families quickly identify infectious people and help stop the spread of the virus,” said Andrea Wainer, executive vice president, Rapid and Molecular Diagnostics, Abbott. “Partnering with Cardinal Health widens the distribution of our over-the-counter self-tests to more organizations around the country, providing people with answers quickly and in the comfort of their own homes.”