NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration has granted a CLIA waiver to Alere's respiratory syncytial virus infection panel, the firm announced today. The Alere i RSV test will be available in physicians' offices, hospital emergency rooms, and walk-in clinics throughout the US.

Alere said that it is the first molecular test that can be used at the point of care to detect RSV in 13 minutes or less, and that it is "significantly faster than conventional PCR tests."

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