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COVID-19 tests

Amazon Sells COVID-19 Test Kit for At-Home Use by Consumers

QUIETLY AND WITHOUT MUCH ATTENTION, online retailing giant Amazon began to sell a COVID-19 molecular test to consumers for at-home testing. This is consistent with other actions Amazon has taken to generate revenue during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  …

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IVD Firms Report Strong Growth Because of COVID-19 Testing

TO NO ONE’S SURPRISE, THOSE IN VITRO DIAGNOSTICS (IVD) MANUFACTURERS that produce molecular tests, instruments, and automation used for COVID-19 testing reported strong growth in revenue and profits during 2020.  In recent weeks, these companies issued t…

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April 12, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

One clinical laboratory company now says it provides COVID-19 testing services to all five of the major men’s professional sports leagues in the United States. On April 1, BioReference Laboratories, Inc. (BRLI), a division of Opko Health, announced a new agreement with Major League…

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What Comes Next? Predictions on COVID-19 Test Volumes in 2021-22

CEO SUMMARY: Incoming data show that the number of referrals for both COVID-19 tests and routine tests is in a decline that started in October and is continuing. This complicates the strategic planning for hospital/health system labs, independent labs, and pathology groups. They nee…

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Might Politics Sway California Lab’s CLIA Compliance?

IS IT A CONFLICT FOR A STATE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD AND OPERATE A CLIA high-complexity clinical laboratory and have the same department that manages this lab facility also conduct the CLIA-mandated inspections and oversight of the lab’s compliance, as required by the federal Clinical Laboratory Improv…

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New Year Brings Three New Clinical Lab Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Since the year began, three trends have affected clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. First is a continuing surge in COVID-19 test volume. Second is inconsistent payment from government and commercial insurers for SARS-CoV-2 test claims. Third is growing…

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Whistleblowers Disclose Issues in California’s COVID Lab

SUMMARY: Whistleblowers at the State of California’s brand-new COVID-19 Valencia Branch Laboratory are telling reporters about staff sleeping on the job, unlicensed staff handling specimens, and other significant issues. Given the reports of several news outlets, one relevant ques…

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Pathology Lab Transforms, Runs 1M COVID-19 Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Last spring, a histopathology lab in Illinois began running molecular COVID-19 tests and decided the clinical side of the lab would focus exclusively on PCR testing for COVID-19. The challenge was how to access a reliable source of test kits, reagents, and supplies to o…

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March 1, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Even as the nation’s clinical laboratories work to expand the number of molecular COVID-19 tests they can perform daily, the demand for such tests is plunging. That’s one conclusion in a news story published by the Associated Press in recent days. The AP illustrated this fact with t…

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January 19, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Just days ago, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updated information about the COVID-19 tests it has authorized since early in the pandemic. As of Jan. 15, 2021, the agency had authorized a total of 317 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Included in this total are 236 mo…

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