Abbott launches rapid point-of-care COVID-19 test

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Abbott launches rapid point-of-care COVID-19 test

By Sandra Levy - 03/30/2020

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued Emergency Use Authorization for Abbott’s molecular point-of-care test for the detection of COVID-19. The test delivers positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes. The test will run on the company's ID NOW platform, providing rapid results in a wide range of healthcare settings such as physicians' offices, urgent care clinics and hospital emergency departments.

The ID NOW platform is small and lightweight (6.6 lbs.) and portable (the size of a small toaster), and uses molecular technology, which is valued by clinicians and the scientific community for its high degree of accuracy. ID NOW is already the most widely available molecular point-of-care testing platform in the United States today, according to the company.

"The COVID-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple fronts, and a portable molecular test that offers results in minutes adds to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to combat this virus," said Abbott president and chief operating officer Robert Ford. "With rapid testing on ID NOW, healthcare providers can perform molecular point-of-care testing outside the traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots."

Abbott will be making ID NOW COVID-19 tests available this week to healthcare providers in urgent care settings in the United States, where the majority of ID NOW instruments are in use today. The company is working with the Administration to deploy tests to areas where they can have the greatest impact.

The arrival of the Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test comes a week after the company launched its Abbott m2000 RealTime SARS-CoV-2 EUA test, which runs on the m2000 RealTime System located in hospital and reference labs around the world. Between the two platforms, Abbott expects to produce about 5 million tests per month.

First introduced in 2014, Abbott’s ID NOW is the leading molecular point-of-care platform for Influenza A & B, Strep A and RSV testing.