Lucira Health Announces FDA Authorization of Combination COVID-19 & Flu Test at Point-of-Care

Nov 22nd, 2022 16:02 EST

  • PCR Lab-quality NAAT/molecular test for both COVID-19 and flu from 1 shallow nasal swab
  • Positive result as quickly as 11 minutes, negative result in 30 minutes, allowing diagnosis during patient visit
  • Equipment-free Lucira platform requires no capital investment or calibration and permits unlimited simultaneous testing
  • COVID-19 and flu have similar symptoms but different treatments, requiring a fast differential test to access time-sensitive prescription treatment options

Lucira’s COVID-19 & Flu Test performed comparably in a head-to-head comparison study with highly sensitive lab-based PCR tests

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Nov. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lucira Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHDX) ("Lucira Health" or "Lucira"), a medical technology company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for its Lucira COVID-19 & Flu Test, for point-of-care use. The Lucira COVID-19 & Flu Test is a molecular test that performed comparably to highly sensitive lab-based PCR assays in clinical trials. This combination test is the first in a pipeline of other multiple assay tests that leverage Lucira technology platform’s ability to multiplex from a single sample. The easy-to-use test delivers results between 11 and 30 minutes from one shallow nasal swab. The Lucira COVID-19 & Flu Test is available for use in CLIA-waived settings and can be purchased online at: www.lucirahealth.com, or email [email protected] for bulk orders.

“The Northern Hemisphere is already experiencing a challenging season due to the unprecedented co-circulation of COVID-19, flu and RSV. COVID-19 and flu viruses can both cause serious illness with similar symptoms, but each has unique prescription treatments that require diagnosis early in the infection to be effective. The inaccuracy of antigen COVID-19 tests makes such tests inadequate to use for early differential diagnosis of flu versus COVID-19. Clinicians can now facilitate simultaneous rapid testing at a mass scale to get patients on the path to recovery quickly,” said Erik Engelson, President and CEO of Lucira Health. “With this test and future testing capabilities, we aim to be at the forefront of quality, at-home health management.”

For more information on Lucira COVID-19 & Flu Test, visit www.lucirahealth.com.

About the Lucira COVID-19 & Flu TestThe Lucira COVID-19 & Flu Test is a NAAT test utilizes the same platform and device design as Lucira's commercialized FDA authorized COVID-19 Test to provide independent diagnoses for COVID-19, Flu A, and Flu B. The PCR-quality single-use test fits in the palm of your hand, runs on 2 AA batteries, and with one shallow nasal swab provides a positive or negative result for COVID-19, Flu A, and Flu B in 30 minutes or less. Each Lucira test contains everything needed to run a single test. There is no separate reader or instrument to purchase and maintain.

About Lucira HealthLucira is a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative infectious disease tests to make lab-quality diagnostics more accessible. Lucira designed its test platform to provide accurate, reliable, PCR-quality test results anywhere and at any time. Beyond its already commercialized molecular COVID-19 and COVID-19 & Flu Tests, Lucira is working on new diagnostic tests for respiratory infections and other categories including women’s health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For more information, www.lucirahealth.com.

Forward Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as "can," “will,” “expected,” “allow,” “aim” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, statements regarding the accuracy of our COVID-19 test; the timing of results from the Lucira COVID-19 & Flu Test multi-center study designed to enable at-home over-the-counter use of the test; Northern Hemisphere experiencing a challenging season due to the unprecedented co-circulation of COVID-19, flu and RSV; COVID-19 and flu viruses causing serious illness with very similar symptoms; clinicians facilitating mass testing at a rapid scale to get patients on the path to recovery quickly, are based upon our current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties are described more fully in the "Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov, including in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequently filed reports. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this announcement speak only as of the date of this press release, and we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this press release, except as required under applicable law.

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Investor ContactGreg Chodaczek[email protected]332-895-3230

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