State of Maryland Allows Point-of-Care Testing for COVID-19; Quidel Expands Training Program | message
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Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL) (“Quidel), a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced that the State of Maryland has allowed point-of-care testing for COVID-19.
The Maryland Department of Health has allowed point-of-care testing for COVID-19, stating:
“Any healthcare provider or healthcare facility, subject to certain terms and conditions, may perform COVID-19 point-of-care (POC) test analysis pursuant to Executive Order 20-03-23-02.1 The order is effective August 10, 2020.
Under the new directive, Maryland residents who believe they should be tested can now contact their healthcare provider, who can order a “COVID-19 test for any individual who believes it necessary, regardless of symptoms.1
Quidel Expands Training Program
Separately, as part of its Nursing Home Program, and in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Quidel has expanded its Point-of-Care training protocol to help ensure that nursing home health care workers are appropriately trained in the use of the Sofia 2 instrument and the Sofia SARS Antigen FIA. Quidel now offers nursing home customers a multifaceted approach to training including: online self-guided step by step videos, live virtual training events, certificate programs, Virena data management system connection and other support functions via Quidel’s dedicated nursing home site: togetheragain.quidel. com.
Quidel currently sells several different Sofia assays in the United States, including the Sofia SARS Antigen FIA under FDA EUA and other FDA-cleared and CLIA-waived assays, including tests for Influenza A and B, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Group A Strep , and a 15-minute finger-stick whole blood test for Lyme Disease. In addition, Quidel also markets Sofia tests for Lyme Disease, Legionella, and S. pneumoniae in Europe.
About Quidel Corporation
Quidel Corporation serves to enhance the health and well-being of people around the globe through the development of diagnostic solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes and provide economic benefits to the healthcare system. Marketed under the Sofia, QuickVue, D3 Direct Detection, Thyretain , Triage and InflammaDry leading brand names, as well as under the new Solana, AmpliVue
and Lyra molecular diagnostic brands, Quidels products aid in the detection and diagnosis of many critical diseases and conditions, including, among others, COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, Strep A, lyme, herpes, pregnancy, thyroid disease and fecal occult blood. Quidel’s Triage system of tests comprises a comprehensive test menu that provides rapid, cost-effective treatment decisions at the point-of-care (POC), offering a diverse immunoassay menu in a variety of tests to provide diagnostic answers for quantitative BNP, CK- MB, d-dimer, myoglobin, troponin I and qualitative TOX Drug Screen. Quidels research and development engine is also developing a continuum of diagnostic solutions from advanced immunoassay to molecular diagnostic tests to further improve the quality of healthcare in physicians offices and hospital and reference laboratories. For more information about Quidel’s comprehensive product portfolio and to explore exciting employment opportunities, visit quidel.com.
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