Cipla launches rapid antigen test kit

The company will commence supply from this week.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by The Health Master

Cipla announced its partnership with the Premier Medical Corporation for commercialisation of the rapid antigen test kits for C-19 in India. The company will commence supply from this week.

This is Cipla’s second launch in the diagnostics space after Elifast: SARS CoV-2 IgG ELISA Test Kit. In this collaboration, Cipla will be responsible for the marketing and distribution of the Rapid Antigen Detection Test for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigen that will be manufactured by Premier Medical Corporation.

The test is a rapid point-of-care nasopharyngeal swab test that directly detects the presence or absence of C-19 virus antigen in the patient’s body, generating results within 15-20 minutes. Only authorised labs are permitted by ICMR to conduct rapid antigen testing. The test will be marketed under the brand name ‘CIPtest’.

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In a statement, Cipla informed, “CIPtest is a reliable high-performing kit that has been validated and approved by ICMR. It is found to have specificity and sensitivity of 98.09 per cent and up to 75 per cent respectively.

The test is not only rapid with a quick turn-around time but also enables easy interpretation of results without the need for any additional instrument. Cipla’s expansive distribution network will help in ensuring the supply of kits across the country”.

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