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Duane Reade to sell over the counter DNA tests, residents say "It sounds like a Maury Povich show"


Verifying paternity in New York is now as simple as a trip to the drug store.

Duane Reade has started selling $29.99 DNA kits made by lab Identigene - marking the first time in New York State that the tests are available at retail outlets.

The tests will be administered at the pharmacy chain's walk-in clinics for a total cost of about $300 when lab fees and other charges are added.

Identigene says that's still far cheaper than going to a private lab.

Some Duane Reade customers applauded the addition of the paternity test to the product lineup; others blushed.

"It sounds like a Maury Povich show," said Murray Hill resident Michael Kalsow, 30, who was shopping at a Duane Reade on E. 34th St. in Manhattan. "I'd be worried about privacy in a place like Duane Reade. The whole neighborhood shops here."

Kalsow, an IT manager, doesn't have any children. "Not that I know of. Maybe I'll come back and find out," he quipped.

State law requires paternity tests in New York to be given only to buyers with authorization from a doctor or lawyer, and witnessed by "disinterested" third parties. Workers in the Duane Reade clinics will serve as witnesses.

"Anything convenient seems like a good idea these days," said Midtown West resident Abigail Beekham, 29. "Because this is New York, I expect a hassle, no matter what the thing is," the project manager said. "If it's easier, it's a no-brainer."

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Comment by JamRockLady on February 17, 2011 at 1:39am
How about not being sexuality promiscuous, NOT having unprotected sex and keeping your $300???  That's always an option.
Comment by JamRockLady on February 17, 2011 at 1:39am

They need to rename this the TDA test ("The Dumb Ass") test.

Comment by Bombahdrop on February 16, 2011 at 11:44pm
They come up with the stupidest s*** dam
Comment by Malcolm X on February 16, 2011 at 1:17pm
This is going to get a lot of women killed
Comment by on February 16, 2011 at 12:46pm this is a great idea from this company, unfortunately their prices are not always the best. . Private and confidential is important.

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