Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rapid Hepatitis C Testing Now Available

The FDA recently approved Orasure Technologies rapid HCV (hepatitis C virus) test.
Orasure is selling the test for less than $2 U.S. per unit ($1,950 for 1,000 tests).

PSI/Washington can procure the tests if a platform is interested in adding HCV testing to its IDU program. The FDA approval is sufficient for USAID-funded programs but the procurement department can also assist in determining if additional registration or approval is needed in country.

NOTE: If a platform adds HCV testing to its programs, strong linkages to treatment are a must.

For more information on HCV testing procurement, contact Ken Bonneville at For information on program design contact Rob ( or me (


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