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In Severe Flu Season, a Chance for Molecular Point-of-Care Testing to Make its Case

Posted: 1st February 2018 09:49

The CDC has labeled this year's flu season severe, meaning more patients will be at doctor's offices and clinics with symptoms.  However, at some of these venues, there will be a new weapon this year: systems that find flu virus at the molecular level, find it quickly and don't take up much space.  That's according to Kalorama Information, a New York City-based researcher that deals with IVD test systems.  With cases on the rise right now, the 2017-'18 flu season has yet to reach its peak, surpassing that of the 2012-'13 season, and young people are being hit particularly hard.   Federal health officials warned Friday that this year's flu outbreak is more severe than any other since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and that its intensity is still increasing.  The finding was made in the firm's most recent study, The Market and Potential for Molecular Point of Care.

"There are now systems on the market that were not even conceived of in 2009 when H1N1 struck," said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information.  "These new tests – particularly those from Alere, Roche, Cepheid and bioMerieux are going to be have a better case than they would have last year."

That's important, said Carlson, because molecular point-of-care systems need to demonstrate cost effectiveness due to their current higher pricing.   In a time of increased demand for testing, however, they have an argument. 

There are a few options that lend themselves to better point-of-care solutions:

Of these, molecular POC blends speed and accuracy. 

The molecular point-of-care market, consisting of systems with molecular capability used in decentralized test environments is driven by influenza testing and augmented by other respiratory testing, according to Kalorama's report.  Kalorama Information's  most recent study, The Market and Potential for Molecular Point of Care, details the markets for mPOC testing in influenza and in several other test categories.  The report is available at:

About Kalorama Information

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