BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a Franklin Lakes-based global medical technology company, announced the receipt of an order from the Dutch Ministry of Health for 9.2 million of its rapid, point-of-care, SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests for use on the BD Veritor™ Plus System, which detects SARS-CoV-2 in symptomatic patients in approximately 15 minutes. The first 1.2 million units will be delivered by mid-November.
This is the first government contract in Europe for this test, which was CE marked to the IVD Directive (98/79/EC) in September. The Dutch Ministry of Health increased its initial order by 8 million assays to improve testing capacity. BD expects the order to be fulfilled by June 2021.
“We’re proud to be working with the Dutch Ministry of Health to expand rapid testing for SARS-CoV-2. This test will be critical to aid rapid diagnosis and decision making,” says Fernand Goldblat, vice president and general manager, Integrated Diagnostic Solutions, Europe at BD. “This rapid game-changing test is the latest effort in BD’s comprehensive response to address the world’s critical health needs during the global pandemic.”
The BD Veritor™ Plus System is a portable, easy-to-use device that makes it an ideal solution for point-of-care settings. The BD Veritor™ Plus System is already in use across Europe to detect Influenza A+B, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and Group A Strep. The SARS-CoV-2 assay has been available in the United States since July through an Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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