It is being reported that the FDA has approved a new rapid flu test manufactured by Prodesse, Inc. of Milwaukee.
The new test has the ability to identify up to 4 different types of virus; influenza A virus, influenza B virus, and respiratory syncytial virus A and B.
The ProFlu+ test is conducted via a swab, and results are made available under 3 hours from the time the swab is taken.
“Antiviral drugs are most effective when initiated within the first two days of symptoms,” Dr. Daniel Schultz, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a prepared statement. “This new test, which is part of the new era of molecular medicine, can help the medical community quickly determine whether a respiratory illness is caused by one of these four viruses and initiate the appropriate treatment.”
There are a number of flu tests on the market, but none offer such a fast turn around time as this new test.
According to the FDA, between 5 and 20% of Americans will be diagnosed with the flu this year.