FDA clears wider use of rapid test for influenza

January 6, 2015 9:53 PM

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(Reuters) - As the United States grapples with a flu season that has killed 21 people so far, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday cleared the way for greater use of a molecular test designed to quickly detect the presence of the virus in a nasal swab.

The test, made by Alere Inc, can now be used in a wide variety of clinical settings, including doctors' offices, emergency rooms, clinics and other healthcare facilities. Previously, it could only be used in a limited number of laboratories.

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