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St. Luke’s advises public to be aware of updated COVID test expiration dates

Consumers should go online to check updated COVID test expiration dates before using the tests – or before discarding apparently expired tests. The expiration dates on test packaging may not be accurate, according to St Luke’s.

The expiration dates for many tests have been extended by the Food & Drug Administration after further review of test manufacturers’ newly submitted data.

For tests whose expiration dates have not been extended, however, consumers should respect the dates on the tests’ packaging. Expired tests do not provide reliable results.

“At this time, most people who need COVID tests are relying on over-the-counter, at-home tests, so it is extremely important that they understand how to properly evaluate expiration dates,” said Jeffrey Jahre, MD, St. Luke’s Senior Vice President of Medical & Academic Affairs and Section Chief Emeritus of Infectious Diseases.

To check the FDA’S latest guidance on common tests, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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