May 1, 2020
Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test Kit Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization by Hardy Diagnostics
Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test Kit by Hardy DiagnosticsSource: Hardy Diagnostics
Hardy Diagnostics, a medical device manufacturer based in Santa Maria, California, announced FDA EUA approval on for a new in vitro diagnostic medical device: Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test (Cat. No. RTA0203) on April 24.
This immunoassay is intended for qualitative detection and differentiation of IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human plasma or serum.
This test was developed by Autobio Diagnostics Co., Ltd (603658, Shanghai), a publicly-traded, major microbiology medical device manufacturer, based in Zhengzhou, China.
This rapid market deployment of a new in vitro diagnostic medical device was made possible through the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) program. This program is used in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
IgM antibodies are generated initially by the body as a result of infection at about the time symptoms appear. IgM antibodies will dissipate within approximately one month. IgG antibodies are generated by the body about one week after symptoms appear and last for an extended amount of time.
By using a patient’s serum or plasma specimen, the Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test offers a turnaround time of only 15 minutes. This simple to use test requires no equipment, special expertise, training to implement.
“We are incredibly proud of the work our partners in China have accomplished,” said Andre Hsiung, Director of Technical Services at Hardy Diagnostics. “Because Autobio quickly developed this technology and because the FDA allowed Emergency Use Authorization, we will be able to more effectively leverage our sales network to get this product out to where it is needed the most.”
The Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test is a lateral flow immunoassay intended for the qualitative detection and differentiation of IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human plasma from anticoagulated blood (Heparin/ EDTA/ sodium citrate). It can also test serum from individuals with signs and symptoms of infection who are suspected of COVID-19 infection.
Additionally, the Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test is intended for use as an aid in identifying individuals with an adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2, indicating recent or prior infection.
Testing is limited to laboratories certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), 42 U.S.C 263a, to perform moderate or high complexity tests.
The Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test is intended for use by clinical laboratory personnel specifically instructed and trained in the techniques of in vitro diagnostic procedures.
Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in recent contact with the virus, due to the lag time between exposure and the patient’s antibody response.
This test shouldn’t be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Test results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information.
A follow-up with a molecular diagnostic test should be considered to confirm the infection status. This test is not intended for the screening of donated blood.
This test will be useful in identifying asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic carriers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It’ll also be helpful in identifying persons who were infected by the virus previously but may not have been properly diagnosed.
Studies suggest that antibody testing for COVID-19 may provide useful information in managing the infected patient, making determinations as to immune status, and preventing the future spreading of the disease.
About Hardy Diagnostics
Hardy Diagnostics is an FDA-licensed manufacturer of medical devices for microbiological testing with an ISO 13485 certified Quality Management System. The company manufactures over 2,700 products for the culture and identification of bacteria and fungi from its California and Ohio manufacturing facilities.
Hardy Diagnostics is headquartered in Santa Maria, California, and services over 10,000 laboratories across the nation. In 2015, the company became 100% employee-owned. The company was founded in 1980 by Jay Hardy, a Clinical Laboratory Scientist from Santa Barbara, California.
Hardy Diagnostics maintains nine distribution centers nationwide and exports products to over 80 foreign distributors. Hardy Diagnostics’ mission is to produce and distribute the finest products for the detection of microorganisms and partner with its laboratory customers to diagnose and prevent disease.
For more information on products and services and a complete profile on the company’s history, visit the Hardy Diagnostics website.
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