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Abbott wins U.S. emergency use authorization for new COVID-19 antibody test
"Abbott has already received emergency use authorization for seven tests"
by Cat on Tue Oct 13th, 2020 at 03:04:31 AM EST
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Programming a blood tester. Abbott knows how to work the Feds.  

Interesting observations:
US approval five to seven years of foreign testing.
Longest European delay: Germany six months. Germany re-ran all our test themselves.
Shortest approval: UK. One month, accepted our test reports as gospel. Delay for paper processing.
IIRC France re-ran some tests but not all. Even Italy did some tests.

The blood testing machine sold for about one million dollars but the real money was in the reagent, $10K per liter. Management continually urged us to speed up the tests so the machine would use reagent faster.
Only USA & Europe paid full price for the machine. Maybe Japan. I don't recall us marketing there. Third world got it either greatly reduced or free. Still had to buy the reagent.

by StillInTheWilderness on Tue Oct 13th, 2020 at 03:20:48 PM EST
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It is always a good corporate strategy to jack up the price on things that are essential to life. If they could patent breathing oxygen they would. That is why corporations have to be tightly regulated.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Oct 15th, 2020 at 12:41:53 AM EST
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It's sort of like the H-P ink strategy.
by StillInTheWilderness on Thu Oct 15th, 2020 at 03:31:37 AM EST
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Can the reagent not be sourced from a third party generic manufacturer?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 15th, 2020 at 11:04:28 AM EST
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No, patented.
by StillInTheWilderness on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 08:14:15 AM EST
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Truly hope it works well ....

Abbott ID NOW CoV-2 molecular point-of-care test for novel coronavirus

May 2020: FDA Alert Inaccuracy Abbott ID NOW

by Oui on Thu Oct 15th, 2020 at 02:33:23 PM EST
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One of the few companies that I worked for that was serious about software testing. More man-hours on testing than development. Many more. The other serious one was S&C Electric that made High Voltage Switch Gear.

PC software is the worst. "Looks like it works, push it out the door. All software has bugs."  Cell phone backbone software is in between." I still remember a hard guideline from a company that shall remain nameless: "Hold onto the line as long as the billing data isn't lost. The last thing to lose is the billing data."

by StillInTheWilderness on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 08:21:41 AM EST
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