Abbott’s inaccurate coronavirus test results may be due to ‘user error,’ U.S. health secretary Azar says


(L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speak to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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A rapid coronavirus test made by Abbott Laboratories could be missing infections because of “user error,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Friday.

The White House still has “confidence in the test,” Azar said during an interview Friday morning on “Fox Business.” “We wouldn’t have it on the market” if U.S. health regulators didn’t believe it

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U.S. regulator is reviewing Abbott’s fast COVID test after studies raise accuracy concerns


(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday that Abbott Laboratories’ (ABT.N) speedy coronavirus test, which can deliver results within minutes and is used at the White House, could potentially be inaccurate but can still be used to test patients.

FILE PHOTO: An Abbott company logo is pictured at the reception of its office in Mumbai, India, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

The regulator said in a statement that early data about the Abbott ID Now test suggested it could produce potentially inaccurate results, particularly by failing to detect people who have the illness.


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