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New Respiratory Assay Panel Provides Quick Results for Several Flu Strains

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Respiratory Assay Panel Provides Quick Results for Several Flu Strains

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INFLUENZA TEST

A comprehensive new assay panel allows hospitals and clinics to test patients for several different strains of the flu virus, including influenza A, influenza B, the 2009 HlNl, RSV A & B, seasonal Hl, and seasonal H3.

Northbrook, HI. -based Nanosphere developed the Verigene influenza respiratory assay panel in order to provide faster and more accurate results, In the past, influenza tests were conducted with rapid strip tests, in which a nasal swab is taken and applied to a strip of paper with chemicals. The problem with the strip tests is that they are "notoriously inaccurate," said Bill Moffitt, CEO and president of Nanosphere. "Their range for inaccuracy is 30% to 90%," he said. In addition, some strip tests were not designed to detect the HlNl virus.

However, in the last 2 or 3 years, assays based on molecular diagnostics have been developed by Nanosphere and other testing companies, "These are tests that use nucleic acid tests, which directly probe to see the genome in the culture," Moffitt said.

Now hospitals are using Nanosphere's Verigene test, which is covered by insurance and costs $75,00. …

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