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15th September 2020  Product update: rapidmicrobiology staff writer

FDA Clears New Influenza A/B & RSV Test

DiaSorin Molecular LLC  has announced it has received FDA Clearance for its Simplexa™ Flu A/B & RSV Direct Gen II kit.

The Simplexa Flu A/B & RSV Direct Gen II RT-PCR assay provides flexibility in workflow management for the upcoming flu season as the assay can be run alone or alongside the Simplexa COVID-19 Direct kit, allowing for differential diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A (Flu A), influenza B (Flu B), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The upcoming 2020/2021 flu season will be complicated by the presence of SARS-CoV-2 also circulating in the community. Viral infections caused by Flu A, Flu B, RSV and SARS-CoV-2 have similar clinical presentations, however, treatment options are different and thus it is important to differentiate.

Additionally, co-infection with SARS-CoV-2 and Flu A or B has been shown to cause increased severity of respiratory disease and the need for combination therapy. The accurate diagnosis of the virus causing the infection can have major implications for the management of therapeutic regimens, infection control and community mitigation efforts. 

DiaSorin Molecular's latest generation Simplexa Flu A/B & RSV Direct Gen II kit delivers continued comprehensive strain coverage and accurate detection in an efficient and trusted sample-to-answer format that does not require extraction.

Collectively, over 100 Flu A, Flu B and RSV strains have been validated, including the 2020/2021 influenza vaccine strains. The Simplexa Flu A/B & RSV Direct Gen II assay is designed for use with the LIAISON® MDX instrument.

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Date Published: 15th September 2020

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