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Chembio Launches Rapid POC Test for Detecting COVID-19 Antigens, Flu A/B from Single Patient Sample in 15 Minutes

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 07 Apr 2021
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Illustration: Rapid POC Test for Detecting COVID-19 Antigens, Flu A/B (Photo courtesy of Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc.)
Illustration: Rapid POC Test for Detecting COVID-19 Antigens, Flu A/B (Photo courtesy of Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc.)
Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc. (Medford, NY, USA) has commercially launched an FDA Emergency Use Authorization-approved, in-licensed rapid point-of-care COVID-19/Flu A&B test, for use in decentralized and traditional testing settings.

The rapid immunoassay test is approved for use in laboratories with a CLIA waiver license, produces results in 15 minutes and requires no instrumentation. The test simultaneously differentiates SARS-CoV-2 antigens and influenza Type A and Type B infections from a single swab.

“As COVID-19 converges with the flu, it is critical for physicians to be able to quickly differentiate between these viruses at the point-of-care, which present with nearly identical symptoms, in order to take appropriate clinical actions and maximize efficient use of healthcare resources,” said Charles Caso, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Chembio. “Based on recent research, we expect that the spread of COVID-19 will eventually transition from a pandemic to an endemic state, with the virus surviving among the population at a lower incidence. In this scenario, coupled with the return to normalcy in society, we see COVID-19 testing remaining a crucial and integral component of broader respiratory testing.”

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