ANVISA Approves Rapid Tests for Covid-19 in Pharmacies, Urges Caution on Results

These tests will be temporarily permitted, for use during the national public health emergency period decreed by the Ministry of Health.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The board of the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) approved yesterday, April 28th, the use of rapid tests in pharmacies to detect the novel coronavirus causing Covid-19). With the decision, the tests will no longer be carried out only in hospitals and public and private clinics.

"The increase [in testing] will be a useful strategy to decrease the crowding of individuals [in hospitals] and also to reduce the demand for medical services in the public health networks," said Antonio Barra Torres, ANVISA's deputy director president.

Pharmacies will not be obliged to provide the test . . .

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