Last week, we talked about how Curative coronavirus tests that were used at 100+ testing sites throughout California were producing false negatives. After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert about Curative's COVID-19 test saying that if the test isn't performed correctly "there is a greater risk that the results of the test may not be accurate," LA County decided to stop using Curative tests. The county is no longer using this brand as precaution and will instead use a test by Fulgent Genetics. Curative's tests were previously used at least three dozen testing sites within the city of Los Angeles, including Dodger Stadium. Mayor Eric Garcetti defended the Curative tests last week saying administering them on asymptomatic people has allowed the city catch the virus in 92,000 people.
"The proof is that we've had a third of people, nearly 100,000 people who would have gone undiagnosed, that we were able to catch because of this test and it has helped us predict those surges in hospitalizations and deaths as a result. I'm not going to ever apologize because there was, I think, a lot of debate about whether asymptomatic people should be tested or not."
Curative also issued a statement defending its tests,
"Curative's test has been validated and is being offered during the pandemic under an Emergency Use Authorization, and is labeled with specific warnings, precautions and limitations that FDA reiterated in the safety communication. The test performance and labeling, however, have not changed, nor has the company observed any changes in test performance. We have been working with the agency to address their concerns and these limitations, and we will continue to work interactively with FDA through the Emergency Use Authorization.''
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