Multiplex RT-PCR test detects and differentiates SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B and RSV
PerkinElmer, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the PKamp™ Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Panel 1 assay.
Qualified laboratories can immediately begin using this single test for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) isolated from nasopharyngeal swabs, anterior nasal swabs and mid-turbinate swabs.
The company said in a news release that the advantage of a multi-analyte test such as the PKamp Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Panel 1 assay allows laboratories to conserve precious resources by avoiding multiple tests on samples collected from individuals suspected of respiratory viral infection consistent with COVID-19.
“As we enter the flu season, this timely emergency use authorization will be welcome by laboratories that are looking to test for common respiratory illnesses alongside COVID-19,” PerkinElmer managing director of specialty diagnostics Arvind Kothandaraman said in the release. “The new test will help to alleviate confusion arising from similar symptoms caused by these infections and reduce further strain on the healthcare system during a pandemic.”
COVID-19, flu and RSV infections are highly contagious and often cannot be differentiated based on symptoms alone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages COVID-19 testing laboratories to adopt a multiplex method that facilitates detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.
Adapted from PerkinElmer press release.