Dayton Metro Library says some at-home COVID-19 test kits labeled as ‘expired’ still good to use

DAYTON — Dayton Metro Library has been handing out at-home COVID-19 test kits for a week, but there have been some problems with labels.

Some tests show that the kits expired earlier this month, with the date on the label reading “Sept. 10, 2021,” but the library says they’re actually still good to use.

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Rachel Gut, Deputy Executive Director of the Dayton Metro Library, says the manufacturer has extended the expiration date on all of the kits 90 days.

News Center 7 obtained a copy of a letter from the manufacturer of BinaxNow, Abbott, dated for May of this year which stated they have “continued testing for product stability to extend the expiration date and have shared these results with the FDA.”

Gut says that on the stickers added to the kits, patrons will be able to see a website that they can go to and put their particular lot number in and see what the extended expiration date is.

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On Monday, the library received 37-hundred kits from the Ohio Department of Health, and have since had to order more.

“We are seeing steady folks coming in at all of our locations, and a few of our locations are even out right at the moment” Gut said.

Anyone who would like to pick up one of the kits from any of the Dayton Metro Library branches are encouraged to call ahead to their ASK Me phone line at 937-463-2665.