Some UP-developed COVID-19 test kits recalled due to contamination

Published May 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Rizal Obanil

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled some of the University of the Philippines (UP) developed rapid testing kits due to contamination.

Dr. Rolando Enrique Domingo, Undersecretary of the Department of Health (DOH) (Facebook)
Dr. Rolando Enrique Domingo, Undersecretary of the Department of Health (DOH) (Facebook)

In an interview over ABS-CBN Teleradyo, FDA director-general Eric Domingo said that the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) ran some tests using the said kits and found out that 30 percent of them were “indeterminate.”

This prompted them to recall the said batch of testing kits on Thursday, May 21.

Domingo further explained that although the results of the testing kits that worked were accurate, “pero mahirap gamitin kasi parang 30 percent inuulit mo (but it’s difficult to use because you have to repeat the process for 30 percent of them,” Domingo said.

When they asked for an explanation from Manila Health Tek, they were told that the reagent being used for the kits may have been contaminated.

As a result, the first batch of kits were recalled and government has ordered a fresh supply of reagents to be used for the next batch of testing kits that will be made.

There has been public clamor for mass testing to help the country know for certain what we are up against.

Many experts believe that to move forward and eventually win against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, governments must first determine who among their population are infected and isolate these individuals temporarily to prevent the further spread of the virus.