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How Puritan Is Responding to COVID-19 

Puritan has been identified as one of a number of essential suppliers of products needed for COVID-19 testing. As such, manufacturing processes have shifted to meet the contractual obligations to support our government and those essential companies that provide critical testing methods.
Because of the fluid situation with our government and the essential companies, we are faced with shortages across all our product offerings. As a result, definitive order lead times cannot always be provided. Puritan is working diligently to resume normal and timely distribution of all products. However, as stated, the contractual requirements remain focused upon products needed for COVID-19 testing.
We appreciate your patience and thank you for your understanding during this extraordinary time. It is the mission, intent, and commitment of Puritan Medical Products to provide everyone with the best-in-class products, services and information so we ask you read the following carefully:
Distributor: As one of our distribution partners, we ask you to inform your customers and sales team of the most recent information provided by Puritan. We will continue to let your management team know the status of our progress as details become available. We encourage all distributors to place orders to ensure they are in the queue for product while keeping in mind the high demand and limitation on quantities once available to ship.
End User: If you are an end user, please first reach out to your local Distributor representative for product availability, pricing, and order placement prior to contacting Puritan directly. Your distribution rep should be your first point of contact for any inquiries. This applies to both domestic and foreign order requests.
Foreign Requests: We can and are accepting COVID-19 orders from foreign distributors, but please keep in mind that Puritan is working closely with US government agencies to support the needs of the US market. If you are not a current distributor, we can assist in connecting you with one close by.
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness, an infection of the airways and lungs. While COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, it's part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold.

Coronavirus Testing Supplies

How to Collect a Swab Specimen for Testing COVID-19

  • For initial diagnostic testing for COVID-19, CDC recommends collecting and testing an upper respiratory specimen. Nasopharyngeal (NP) specimen is the preferred choice for swab-based COVID-19 testing. When collection of a nasopharyngeal swab is not possible, the following are acceptable alternatives. Here is a full list: 

    • Nasopharyngeal (NP) specimen collected by a healthcare professional (HCP)

    • Anterior nares (nasal swab) specimen collected by a HCP or by onsite or home self-collection (using a flocked, a round foam swab, or spun polyester swab)

    • Nasal mid-turbinate swab collected by a HCP or by a supervised onsite self-collection (using a flocked tapered swab)

    • Oropharyngeal (OP) specimen collected by a HCP

    • Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate or nasal wash/aspirate (NW) specimen collected by a HCP 

    • For more information on substitute swabs and other ways to collect specimens, see current FDA guidelines for COVID-19 testing supplies under the “What If I Don’t Have” section. 
  • Depending on how the platform used to test the specimen, some tests are designed to analyze a swab specimen directly, without the use of any media. Other platforms require the swabs to be placed immediately into a sterile transport tube containing 2-3mL of either UniTranz-RT® Universal Transport Systems, Opti-Swab® - Liquid Amies Transport Systems, or sterile saline solution.
  • For those patients with productive coughs, sputum samples might be collected and used for testing Sputum Medium 

Puritan’s UniTranz-RT® (Universal Transport Systems)

  • Puritan’s UniTranz-RT®  is intended for the collection and preservation of viruses (including COVID-19), chlamydia, mycoplasma, and ureaplasma specimens. Our kits ensure the safe transport of clinical specimens when immediate testing is not available. Used in viral antigen detection tests, PCR and rapid tests.

  • UniTranz-RT® meets the CDC’s interim guidelines for collecting, handling and testing clinical COVID-19 specimens from persons of interest. Our flock swabs are the ideal swab for nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal specimen collection when 2019-nCoV is suspected.

Recommended Puritan Products:

Nasopharyngeal (NP)




Nasal Swabs




Oropharyngeal (OP) Swabs




Additional Flock Swabs:

*All swabs above can also be used in the dry transport tubes variation

*NOTE: All Puritan UniTranz-RT®, Opti-Swab® Liquid Amies collection and transport systems, and Sputum medium are considered final sale, no exceptions.  Thank you for your understanding. 

How To Swab for COVID-19 Toolkit

Did you know there’s more than one way to take a COVID-19 sample? Knowing more than one method can increase flexibility and help you meet testing demand. 

Click Here to Download this FREE new toolkit, to get detailed how-to instructions for taking both nasal and nasopharyngeal samples. These are particularly helpful because each type of sample collection requires different supplies and different methodology. 

Featured Blogs
How to Collect a Nasopharyngeal (NP) Swab Specimen (VIDEO)


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CDC Resources

COVID-19 Questions

Need additional information on Puritan COVID-19 products?

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Please Note: Because news about COVID-19 is particularly fluid, we will update this portal as information becomes available.

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