Health Canada warns of fake COVID-19 test kits

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Counterfeit kits, when opened, have varying contents as seen in this photo. (Submitted by Health Canada - image credit)
Counterfeit kits, when opened, have varying contents as seen in this photo. (Submitted by Health Canada - image credit)

Health Canada is asking Canadians to look out for fake COVID-19 rapid test kits.

In a statement issued Friday, the health agency said counterfeit Rapid Response test kits had been sold online.

The fake kits seemingly come from one manufacturer — "Health Advance Inc." — whose name and number is stickered on the box. The online distributor selling them was "Healthful Plus."

The manufacturer appears to no longer be making the kits, and the distributor's website is no longer active, Health Canada said.

Submitted by Health Canada
Submitted by Health Canada

The entire shipment, which contained 435 boxes of the 25-pack kits, was bought by a purchaser for personal use, and was later sent to Health Canada.

The health agency says it has no evidence to suggest that additional counterfeit kits have been distributed in Canada.

Though similar to authentic test kits, these fake ones come in a green box but the labeling is inaccurate, inconsistent, and lists a company that Health Canada says does not have the required licence to import, distribute, or sell medical devices in the country.

Submitted by Health Canada
Submitted by Health Canada

Health Canada has also not tested the safety and effectiveness of the fake kits, it said in the advisory. If a kit is suspected to be fake, people should not use it, dispose of it, and report it to Health Canada, the agency said.

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