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Rapid test for malaria

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Inverness Medical Innovations' BinaxNOW becomes the first rapid test for malaria cleared by FDA June 26. Test results, which are produced 15 minutes after placing a few drops of blood on a dipstick, are 95% accurate and must be confirmed with standard microscopic evaluation, FDA says. BinaxNOW has been marketed outside the United States, where other rapid tests for malaria are available, for nearly seven years. Each year, U.S. cases of malaria number between 1,000 and 1,500, according to Inverness, while 300 million to 500 million people contract the disease worldwide...

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