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RAPID TESTS

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kits
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Rapid COVID Tests in British Columbia

The Canadian Shield is the leading provider of accessible & affordable Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits in British Columbia.

Free shipping available across British Columbia for orders over $125.

DISCLAIMER

Before you can buy Rapid Testing kits online in British Columbia, the following training materials and documents must be reviewed:

BTNX COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Testing Device Instructional Video
BTNX Rapid Response Product Manual
BTNX Rapid Response Procedure Card

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate knowledge, skills and judgement to perform the test. The Rapid Response COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device is intended for use by trained laboratory personnel or health care professionals.

Rapid antigen testing devices should only be used for screening purposes. Nucleic acid-based testing, also called molecular testing or PCR, is the gold standard to diagnose active COVID-19 infection in patients with symptoms. For more information about self-testing and antigen testing devices, please visit the Health Canada website here.

HOW IT WORKS

1. Review Demonstration Video

This demonstration video provides step-by-step instruction for collecting nasal specimens and performing the rapid antigen test.

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2. Review Procedure Card & Product Manual

Review the written instructions and diagrams for collecting test specimens and performing the rapid antigen test.

View Product Manual

View Procedure Card

3. Agree to the Terms & Conditions

Confirm your understanding of the rapid test training documents as well as The Canadian Shield's Ecommerce Order Agreement.

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IMPACT OF THE OMICRON VARIANT

Impact of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 on BTNX’s Rapid Response® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device

Statement from device manufacturer.

Why Use Rapid Tests?

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests are an effective and reliable way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The test is easy to use and only takes 15 minutes.

Rapid tests are available in 5-packs at just $9.99/test

The Details

● The Rapid Response™ COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral nucleoprotein antigens in nasal and nasopharyngeal secretions. In just 15 minutes, individuals can determine a positive or negative result. If positive, individuals should adhere to their local public health guidelines and verify results with a PCR test. 

● Antigens are generally detectable in nasal secretions during the acute phase of infection. Positive results indicate the presence of viral antigens, but other diagnostic information is necessary to determine infection status.

● Negative results should be treated as presumptive, and do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions.

Rapid Response Instructional Video

Antigen Testing Devices Information & Resources

Information, regulations, and guidance around the use of rapid antigen testing devices in Canada is frequently changing. While The Canadian Shield website is updated often, we recommend referring to the Health Canada website for the most up to date information on:

Interim guidance on the use of rapid antigen detection tests for the identification of SARS-CoV-2 infection
Overview of Testing Devices for COVID-19
Antigen Testing Devices
Point-of-care and Self-testing Devices
Test Swabs
List of Authorized Testing Devices

British Columbia Rapid Test - FAQs

The Canadian Shield is a Health Canada authorized distributor of the BTNX Rapid Response COVID-19 Antigen Test kit in British Columbia.

Rapid COVID test kits are available for sale across Canada and you can buy them online from our website here.

Currently available for shipping in ON, AB, BC, QC, MB, SK, NFL, NS, NB & PEI.

Yes! The Canadian Shield holds a Medical Device Establishment License from Health Canada.

The Rapid Response COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device, manufactured by BTNX Inc., is a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 testing device for Point of Care testing. The Rapid Response COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device is intended for use by trained laboratory personnel or health care professionals.

For a full list of authorized testing devices, please visit the Health Canada website.

Rapid Tests are used as a serial screening tool whereby individuals test themselves 2 or 3 times a week to detect if they are an asymptomatic carrier of covid-19. These tests are most effective when you are infectious and are one more layer of peace of mind and safety. 

Rapid antigen testing devices should only be used for screening purposes. Nucleic acid-based testing, also called molecular testing or PCR, is the gold standard to diagnose active COVID-19 infection in patients with symptoms. For more information about self-testing and antigen testing devices, please visit the Health Canada website here

Yes. Like all medical devices, the Rapid Response COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing device has an expiration date listed on the outside of the kit box as well as the Cassette testing device package. This expiration date is approximately 1 year from the manufacturing date. 

This timeline is given for informational purposes only. Always refer to expiration date on the packaging.

The BTNX Rapid Response Rapid Test cannot be used for travel. The regulations around COVID testing for travel is highly dependent on the country you are traveling to. While rapid antigen tests may be accepted in some countries, these tests need to be performed and signed-off by a trained individual, doctor, or pharmacist. We highly recommend you inquire with your country of destination or airline to find out what type of test you need to travel.  

The BTNX nasal swabs are sterilized using ethylene oxide. This process is completely safe for the user and has been used for decades on medical equipment. The sterilization process follows ISO 11135 (Sterilization of health-care products) and ISO 10993 (Biological evaluation of medical devices). Additionally, all nasal swabs have passed testing for both toxicology and biocompatibility. 

Rapid tests should be stored in a cool, dry place. Please refer to the side of the rapid test kit packaging for the exact temperature requirements.

As the weather gets colder in Canada, we understand some customers may be concerned about the sub-zero temperatures during the shipment of Rapid Test Kits.

Transport temperatures dipping below 0°C for short durations of time will not have an adverse effect on the test, or the buffer liquid.

Recommendation:
It’s important to bring the tests to room temperature before adding the sample into the test, as low ambient temperatures when conducting the test may cause false results. We recommend letting the test kit contents sit out for 4-6 hours before use.

Yes, there is tax charged on rapid tests! While there is a zero-rated tax exemption on PPE products (such as face shields and face masks), there is currently no zero-rated tax exemption for rapid testing devices in Canada.

Impact of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 on BTNX’s Rapid Response® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device

Statement from device manufacturer.

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If the appropriate test procedure and result interpretation has been followed and the result of your rapid antigen test is positive – contact your healthcare providers. You will need to have a second swab taken within 48 hours with a regular laboratory-based PCR test or a rapid molecular test. This may occur at a designated testing site. The result from this test would confirm if you truly tested positive for COVID-19. Continue to self-isolate while waiting for the laboratory PCR test result.

You may collect your sample using either method, however collecting an anterior nasal swab only requires you to insert the swab 0.5 inches (1-2cm) into the nostril making it a simpler method of collection and leading to less discomfort that the nasopharyngeal collection. Both the nasopharyngeal and anterior nasal swab collection methods are capable of being used for rapid antigen testing to detect the SARS-CoV-2 nucleoprotein.

Compared to the regular laboratory-based PCR test, COVID-19 rapid antigen tests must be considered preliminary. The results from the antigen test must be confirmed with a regular laboratory-based PCR test. Interpretation of results in different populations varies based on specimen type collected and pre-test probability of COVID-19 in the patient being tested.

Corporate &
Bulk Orders

For larger orders of rapid tests, please use the Contact Form below to contact our Sales Team for a custom quote.