Biotech and Pharma

Roche receives U.S. emergency approval for coronavirus vs. flu test

A photo showing the logo of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche in Basel.

Drugmaker Roche on Friday said it had received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a test to quickly detect whether a patient has SARS-CoV-2 or one of two forms of influenza

"With the approaching flu season, this new test is particularly important as SARS-CoV-2 and influenza infections can hardly be differentiated by symptoms alone. Now, with a single test, healthcare professionals can confidently provide the right diagnosis and most effective treatment plan for their patients," Roche diagnostics head Thomas Schinecker said in a statement.

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