First Test Approved to Screen Donated Blood for Zika — Physician’s First Watch
First Test Approved to Screen Donated Blood for Zika
By the Editors
The FDA has approved the first test to detect Zika in blood donations.
The cobas Zika test, which detects Zika virus RNA, is not intended to be used to diagnose patients with Zika.
Before the official approval, some blood collection facilities were already using this test under an investigational new drug application to screen the blood supply.