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  2 months ago

Brisbane’s Ellume steps up its rapid Covid-19 tests in the US

A Brisbane Bio-Tech Ellume who make a Rapid COVID testing kit which has secured approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to sell its test – which can detect Covid-19 in as little as three minutes – to point of care providers, such as doctors and pharmacists, as well as major commercial venues, including stadiums and airports.

The kit had been approved three months ago by the FDA for sale over the counter prior to this approval. The kit is not authorised for use in Australia and when asked the Health Minister Greg Hunt said Ellume was welcome to apply to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to deploy its point-of-care tests across Australia. But Ellume chief executive Sean Parsons said local point-of-care testing was a small market.

In the US, the government reimburses doctors for point-of-care testing, whereas in Australia GPs don’t receive a rebate for influenza or Covid testing.

Time I think for the Australian Government to rethink and modernise its detection off COVID regime.

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  2 months ago
Yes, it is time they have more of a think. Reply


  2 months ago
I am not sure why we in Australia is not supporting this company, as then people will not have to wait 14 days after a test. This company had there product approved in the United Kingdom little while back and I think that they may had even opened a manufacturing plant overt there as well. We seem to allways behind the 8 ball Reply

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