MYLAB, a Pune-based diagnostic company, is the first Indian company to get COVID-19 test kits validated that can bring down costs. India, a country with inadequate healthcare facilities, was highly criticized for not being able to carry out enough COVID-19 tests on people amidst a global pandemic. The tests were only limited to patients with a travel history and those who were in contact with them. India, with a testing count of 15 people in 1 million, ranked lowest in terms of testing done per million population. But, within no time, a Pune-based molecular diagnostics company is now ready to produce one lakh test kits a week, at one-fourth of the original cost of test kits imported.
Mylab Discovery Solutions Pvt Ltd has come up with a Coronavirus testing kit, which has been approved for commercial use by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently. The kits were developed in a record time of six weeks and the price of a single kit is fixed at 1200 Indian rupees. In the current lab-based testing procedures for the virus it takes about four hours for test results to come out, Mylab’s turnaround time is 2.5 hours. The company’s kits hold the capability of studying 1000 samples from large labs and 200 from the smaller ones. The company received the statutory approval late on Monday from the authorities and is gearing up to manufacture over 15,000 COVID-19 testing kits per day. They are also planning to amp it up to 25,000 kits per day eventually.
This new testing kit is proved to even determine positive cases, even in asymptomatic patients. It has been approved for use on the people after it delivered successful results at Mumbai’s Kasturba Hospital. With an emphasis on the Make in India initiative and support from the local and central governments, the COVID-19 testing kit was successfully developed and evaluated in record time by Mylab Discovery Solutions as per the WHO and CDC guidelines. This news comes right around the time when Spain has reportedly sent back China-made test kits on the grounds of being faulty and giving low accuracy rate.
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