BD, Franklin Lakes, NJ, received FDA clearance for their new Veritor System, a device for rapid detection of influenza A and B. The system runs a chromatographic immunoassay for direct detection of influenza A and B viral nucleoprotein antigens from nasal and nasopharyngeal swabs. Viral antigens from influenza A can be distinguished from influenza B in a single processed sample. This allows a rapid choice in selective antiviral intervention or appropriate preventative measures for institutions.
The system can deliver digital results in about 10 minutes on a large display which reduces the subjective interpretation of the earlier visual test results.
The device works with a CLIA-waived kit configured for testing nasal and nasopharyngeal swab samples. Although the test is not intended to detect influenza C antigens, BD is planning to run many more assays on this new platform in the near future.
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