A class action lawsuit has been filed, which alleges that LetsGetChecked, an at-home test for Lyme disease, is inaccurate, deceives customers, and violates consumer protection laws. The at-home test is sold online and advertises that results “can indicate the presence of Lyme disease.” The customer takes a blood sample from a finger prick at home, sends it back for testing and receives results online several days later.
The lawsuit contends the LetsGetChecked test falsely advertises its capabilities and poses potentially tragic consequences, as it is marketed as a substitute for a doctor’s visit. The plaintiffs argue that using the test may lead to missed opportunities for early diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, which affects around 476,000 people annually in the U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any home tests for Lyme disease, and the CDC recommends using FDA-approved tests for accurate diagnosis of Lyme disease. While most cases of Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, some individuals suffer from long-term symptoms, such as pain and fatigue even after treatment of Lyme, according to the CDC. Without treatment, people can develop nervous system problems, and more than half of people untreated develop arthritis.
If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a faulty Lyme Disease test from LetsGetChecked, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1‑800-870-9584.