FDA warns labs of COVID-19 test with false positive results

Test given emergency authorization from FDA in April

The Food and Drug Administration is warning labs and healthcare providers that a common COVID-19 test is providing false positive results.

The BD Max System COVID-19 diagnostic test from Becton Dickinson is showing an error rate of 3% false positives.

The nasal swab based test was given an emergency authorization from the FDA on April 8.

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The FDA is recommending patients confirm their results with an alternative authorized test.

The company is working with the FDA to resolve the problem.

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