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Indigenous, affordable corona test kits underway

With India developing coronavirus test kits indigenously, tests will soon be affordable and easily available. With the new device, the scenaro is all set for a sea change. Not only cost-wise, PathoDetect also reduces the time taken from 8 hours (and transportation) to 2.5 hrs.

NEW DELHI, Mar 28: India can now scale up its coronavirus testing capacity to fully meet its demand at an affordable price, instead of depending on costly imported kits.

Mylabs Discovery Solutions, Pune, has received permission from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) to manufacture and market its indigenous testing kits. The CDSCO is the national regulatory body for Indian pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

The Mylabs kit is the first one to receive commercial approval from CDSCO. Behind the biotech company's breakthrough is a team of 25 scientists headed by Minal Dakhave Bhosale, virologist, that produced the kit in remarkable six weeks time.

The Made-in-India testing kit is called Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR, PathoDetect in short.

Not only cost-wise, PathoDetect also reduces the time taken from 8 hours (and transportation) to 2.5 hrs.

“At present, Mylab can produce kits to test 20,000 samples per day. However, in case of an adverse situation, the company can ramp up its capacity to ship kits to conduct 50,000 tests per day.”, said, Rahul Patil, Executive Director and Operations Head, Mylab Discovery Solutions.

It has shipped the first batch of 150 kits (15,000 tersts) to diagnostic labs in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru this week, according to a report. One kit can test 100 samples.

The existing charge approved by the ICMR is around Rs 5,000 per test with imported items and this new device could bring the fee down to Rs 1200 per test.

In the US, there have been instances where people were billed $1,000 (Rs 70,000) to $3,000 (Rs 2,10,000) for testing a swab. Today with casualties shooting up, hospitals turning chaotic, and a cropped federal CDC failing in its attempts to coordinate and develop the kits, universities in the states have started designing and producing corona test kits voluntarily for local use. Indian scientists have played a leading role facilitating this breakthrough. Tests are available free of cost in places like New York and Georgia today.

Meanwhile, the US has recorded 100,000 cases of coronavirus, taking the first place in number of cases, passing China and Italy, and a death toll nearing 2,000 - all because it was slow to act!

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