Walgreens, Deerfield, Ill, has entered into an agreement with Labcorp, Burlington, NC, to sell Pixel by Labcorp Covid-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kits over-the-counter in up to 6,000 Walgreens stores nationwide beginning in spring of this year. Walgreens is making significant strides to increase on-site testing capacity at more than 5,000 Walgreens pharmacy locations by April 1, with more than half of sites located in socially vulnerable areas.
This kit will be Walgreens’ first over-the-counter covid-19 testing option available for purchase in-store and is aimed to address stores that do not currently have testing available on-site. This builds upon Walgreens’ and Labcorp’s recent announcement of Pixel by Labcorp Covid-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kit availability on Walgreens Find Care, a digital health platform available on the Walgreens app and Walgreens.com. The addition of this over-the-counter collection kit in-store will help to ensure customers have access to testing solutions when and how they need it—at-home, in-store, or at one of Walgreens’ other testing sites.
“Increasing access to covid-19 testing continues to be a priority for Walgreens. Working with Labcorp, we can now offer testing solutions at a majority of Walgreens locations nationwide,” says John Standley, president, Walgreens. “This is another example of the power of innovative collaboration to drive greater access to care and products, and we look forward to continuing to work with Labcorp to provide health products and services to our communities.”
“Labcorp is pleased to extend our strategic collaboration with Walgreens to now include over-the-counter sale of Pixel by Labcorp Covid-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kit,” says Brian Caveney, MD, chief medical officer and president, Labcorp Diagnostics. “This is yet another convenient way for consumers to learn if they are infected with covid-19, which can help communities continue the fight against this global pandemic.”
Customers will be able to purchase the Pixel by Labcorp Covid-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kit at the pharmacy counter without a prescription at up to 6,000 Walgreens stores nationwide. Once purchased, customers can self-administer the test collection using a short nasal swab and send their sample back to Labcorp via pre-paid FedEx Express Overnight. Once processed by Labcorp, test results are accessed by the customer via the Pixel by Labcorp website.
If a covid-19 test is positive, a Labcorp-verified healthcare staff member will contact individuals directly by phone or mail to discuss next steps. Pixel by Labcorp has contracted with a physician network to provide independent physician services for consultation. The Pixel by Labcorp Covid-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kit is not a substitute for visits to a healthcare professional and is for use by adults 18 and older.
Labcorp’s Covid-19 PCR test has not been FDA cleared or approved and has been authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. The test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostic tests for detection and/or diagnosis of covid-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner. Limited quantities available per store.
Featured image: Pixel by Labcorp Covid-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kit (Courtesy: Labcorp)