FDA issues EUA for Zika virus test

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Blood samples
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s TaqPath Zika Virus Kit. This means the TaqPath Zika Virus Kit is authorized for the qualitative detection of RNA from Zika virus and diagnosis of Zika virus infection in... [Read Article]
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FDA clears new plasmapheresis system

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NexSys PCS
plasmapheresis system
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Haemonetics Corporation
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for Haemonetics Corporation’s NexSys PCS™ plasmapheresis system. The open architecture of NexSys PCS facilitates bi-directional connectivity to donor management systems, enabling automated collection procedure programming and automated end-of-procedure documentation. The guided operation, large touch screen,... [Read Article]
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Device reduces blood draw contamination

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SteriPath device
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A novel device can significantly reduce contamination of blood cultures, according to research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The SteriPath initial specimen diversion device (ISDD) is a blood collection system that diverts and sequesters the first 1.5 mL to 2 mL of blood drawn, which often carries... [Read Article]
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