August 24, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

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Currently at least 15 veterinary laboratories in the United States perform COVID-19 tests. This fact was confirmed by Adm. Brett Giroir, MD, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), during an interview last month conducted by CNN. Officials at HHS confirmed this development and explained that these labs had received CLIA certification and that the federal agency is expediting its review of the applications submitted by other veterinary labs to obtain CLIA certification.

MORE ON: COVID Tests at Veterinary Labs

The urgent need for larger volumes of COVID-19 tests is why veterinary labs are establishing SARS-CoV-2 testing capabilities. But that will not greatly increase the available supply of such tested, as noted by Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore. In an interview with Healthline, he said, “ I think theissue is more about reagents and actually having lab space to process it. So, it may be that veterinary labs may be able to only marginally improve the situation because they still face the same reagent shortages that everybody is facing.”

NFL TROUBLED BY FALSE POSITIVE COVID-19 RESULTS

Yesterday, news was breaking that the National Football League (NFL) was dealing with positive COVID-19 test results from players for teams in several cities. ESPN reported that BioReference Laboratories, Inc., of Elmwood Park, N.J., was performing the SARSCoV-2 tests. ESPN said that the NFL was looking into the possibility of both false positive and false negative results. Pathologists understand why diagnostic technologies can generate false positive and false negative results.

TRANSITIONS

Myriad Genetics of Salt Lake City appointed Paul Diaz as President and CEO. Diaz previously held positions at Cressy and Company, Kindred Healthcare, and Mariner Health Care Group.

Genomic Health of Redwood City, Calif., announced that Kim Popovits is its new Chairman, CEO, and President. Popovits joined Genomic Health in 2002. She previously served at Genentech and American Hospital Supply.

• Nancy Andes retired on Aug. 3 from ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City. Andes was Senior Vice President of Marketing and worked at ARUP for 43 years.

• Also retired this month from ARUP is Anne Daley. Daley formerly served at Chi Solutions, Ascendium, Roche Diagnostics, Laboratory Sciences of Arizona, and Maricopa Integrated Health System.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Monday, September 14, 2020.

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