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SALT LAKE CITY — Identigene last month began placing its Identigene DNA paternity test kit on the shelves of New York-based Duane Reade pharmacies after meeting the more restrictive testing requirements for the state.
Unlike other states, New York requires a physician or attorney’s authorization for a paternity test, and as part of that, it mandates that the sample collection process be witnessed by a third party to ensure the chain of custody. This, and the fact that Identigene labs have been accredited by the New York Department of Health, establishes Identigene’s DNA paternity test kit as a legal test, as opposed to a peace-of-mind test.
Now any of Duane Reade’s 20 walk-in clinics can provide customers with paternity test authorization through the clinic physician. And if customers do not have access to a Duane Reade clinic, they can go to an Identigene-referred clinic for authorization and third-party collection services, the company stated.
To date, the Identigene DNA paternity test kit definitively has answered the question of a child’s paternal kinship for more than 350,000 individuals.