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COVID-19 Pooled Testing: Good for Labs? Not IVDs?

As test volume runs short nationwide, officials now tout an old strategy to get more people tested

CEO SUMMARY: Pooled testing for COVID-19 could be a double-edged sword for clinical labs and in vitro diagnostics companies. Offering the advantage of reducing the number of standard tests for SARS-CoV-2, this testing method would cut lab spending on tests and testing supplie...

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Officials Differ on Value of COVID-19 Pooled Testing

Screening of asymptomatic people has benefits and is seen as a way to reopen schools, businesses

CEO SUMMARY: Some experts on testing strategies support pooled testing because this method may support reopening by schools and businesses and thus bring the economy back. But other experts have raised questions about this strategy. Rules from the federal Centers for Medicare ...

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Why Local Labs Deserve More COVID-19 Supplies

Federal actions continue to give lesser priority to hospital labs, with consequences to patient care

CEO SUMMARY: As government officials and IVD firms divert the lion’s share of COVID-19 tests to a handful of billion-dollar labs, in thousands of hospitals across the nation COVID-19 patients languish days longer before discharge because their hospital lab must send COVID-19 tests t...

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Government Officials Intensify Broad Chaos In Clinical Lab Supply Chain

Might ‘inept’ be apt description of FEMA’s supply decisions?

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical labs throughout the United States are ready to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, there is widespread recognition that many barriers to increasing labs’ COVID-19 testing capacity are caused by the inappropriate actions of government...

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Labs Still Confront New Supply Shortages Daily

Testing for the novel coronavirus is well short of capacity as vendors fail to fill orders for supplies

CEO SUMMARY: For three lab directors in the Midwest, a seemingly endless cycle of COVID-19 lab-supply shortages crops up almost daily. These labs might not have enough test kits one day, and be short of reagents, transport vials, or specimen collection swabs the next. To address these...

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It’s a Clinical Lab Moment ... But No Advocates!

Nearly every day since the onset of the SARS-C0V-2 outbreak, there have been stories in the national news about clinical laboratory testing for COVID-19. No laboratory professional alive today has seen such an endless stream of news stories about clinical lab testing. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that could be quite favorable to the clinical lab profession. Unfo...

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