a new 3-in-1 test for children in the evaluation phase

published on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 3:31 p.m.

Diagnosing the three Covid viruses, influenza and bronchiolitis with a single test: this is the promise of a device tested by certain practitioners. But if more than 1000 children have already used this screening, the High Authority for Health (HAS) indicates that it has not yet been seized to evaluate it.

A tube to insert in the nose and voila.

An antigenic test to diagnose the three viruses of Covid, influenza and bronchiolitis is being tested by some practitioners. More than 1,000 children have already been screened in this way, particularly in medical practices. If these designers announce that this new test will soon be on sale, the High Authority for Health (HAS), indicates that it has not yet been seized for evaluation.

Still in the experimental phase, this new 3-in-1 test should make it possible to refine diagnoses. “Today, 30% of our tests are positive for RSV, but that’s no wonder because the RSV outbreak started on October 1 and is still in full swing,” he said. BFM TV pediatric infectious disease specialist Robert Cohen.

In addition, this type of test should facilitate the prescription of drugs in the event of contamination of a patient with a virus. “There is a tension in the supply of amoxicillin in adults, but also in children. This triple test will allow in many cases to avoid taking antibiotics for nothing”, always confides to BFM TV pharmacist Pierre-Olivier Variot, president of the Union of Community Pharmacists (USPO).

Already used by more than 1000 children

For the moment, the antigenic test is not available for sale in pharmacies. “It is a test which is already evaluated in a hundred centers and pediatric structures in France. More than 1000 children have already been screened with [ce test, NDLR]“, says Fabien Larue, director of the AAZ laboratory.

The High Authority for Health (HAS), indicates that it has not yet been seized to evaluate this new test. Yet it is she who maintains surveillance of existing devices and their usefulness in the event of an epidemic.

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