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ICMR nod to first Indian Covid check equipment – Home Health Choices

MUMBAI: Soon, a easy finger-prick diagnostic check to detect Covid-19 antibodies in blood samples, shall be broadly out there at nursing properties, hospitals and personal laboratories.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has accepted Delhi-based Oscar Medicare’s indigenous point-of-care (POC) fast check kits, which is maybe the one agency to have obtained funding from the division of biotechnology.

After the fiasco with Chinese ‘defective’ kits and authorities cancelling their licences, the main target has been primarily on the ‘gold commonplace’ RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain response) testing, and antigen testing.

The authorities has not allowed POC testing for the novel coronavirus but, as antibody assessments shouldn’t be used as the only real foundation to diagnose the disease.

Oscar Medicare, one of many largest producers of being pregnant kits, additionally makes HIV, HCV, dengue and malaria POC diagnostic kits at its three crops.

“We are planning to launch two lakh test kits in September, and have already tied up with distributors across the country… The test is similar to a glucometer and will provide results in 20 minutes,” group CEO Anand Sekhri advised TOI, including that the agency’s capability is 5 lakh check kits per day.

Dhiti Life Sciences, a bunch firm, manufactured the uncooked materials, ‘Corona fusion antigen’ utilized in its check kits, a primary within the nation, the corporate claims. The POC kits are anticipated to be priced at round Rs 200.

Industry specialists say there are a couple of fast POC kits available in the market, and offered on-line, however their reliability is beneath a cloud.

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