US FDA issues emergency authorisation for two new Ebola tests

The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorisation on Saturday for two new Ebola tests.

By: Reuters | Washington | Published:October 26, 2014 3:01 am
The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorisation on Saturday for two new Ebola tests. The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorisation on Saturday for two new Ebola tests.

The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorisation on Saturday for two new tests made by BioFire Defense that detect Ebola in humans.

FDA said in a news release that it has been working closely with Salt Lake City-based BioFire Defense to obtain the necessary performance data to enable the authorisation of the Ebola tests.

“We understand the importance of quickly diagnosing Ebola cases in the US and abroad. FDA is committed to working with companies in the most expedited manner to increase the availability of authorised diagnostic tests for Ebola for emergency use during this epidemic,” the agency said.

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