Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Great Moments in Government Bureaucracy

Did the FDA's former ban on home testing kits result in thousands of avoidable infections? 

CNN Money -- "A 24-year scandal was quietly acknowledged last week. On July 3 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first "rapid home" test for HIV—a test that people can take in the privacy of their own homes to determine whether they have the virus that causes AIDS.

The approval is an unambiguously good thing—or so you would think. The saliva test in question, made by OraSure Technologies and known as OraQuick, costs less than $60 and takes just 20 minutes to self-administer. According to statistics an FDA advisory committee presented at a hearing in May, it holds the potential to prevent the transmission of more than 4,000 new HIV infections in its first year of use alone. That would be about 8 percent of the roughly 50,000 new infections we currently see annually in the United States.

The scandal is that the approval of a rapid home test for HIV did not occur until last week—about 24 years after the FDA received its first application seeking permission to market one."

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HT: Mike McKay


At 7/10/2012 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the same FDA that forbids private testing of meat.


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