Safe donor blood. Safer blood supply.
The cobas® Zika test is a real-time PCR-based nucleic acid test (NAT) for the detection of Zika virus RNA in the plasma of donors of whole blood or blood components, organs or tissue. This qualitative blood screening assay is for use on the cobas® 6800/8800 Systems and can simultaneously detect Zika virus RNA, for use on the cobas® 6800/8800 Systems.
When a large population is in the throes of a dangerous disease outbreak, when a public health emergency of international concern is issued, and there is a dire need to develop a diagnostic test, speed is everything.
The world was stunned in 2015 by the outbreak of Zika in Brazil. Within months, thousands of cases of microcephaly incidence were reported in Brazil and a strong association between microcephaly and Zika virus was established.1 The World Health Organization declared Zika as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Guidance prohibiting blood transfusion using blood collected in Zika virus active areas.2 The FDA asked diagnostic companies to evaluate feasibility and timeline for a diagnostic test to look for Zika virus in the blood. With extraordinary coordination and collaboration with different organizations such as the FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and various blood collection agencies, and utilizing its expertise in assay design and automation, Roche responded to the FDA’s call. The cobas® Zika test was developed, approved and made available for use under an Investigational New Drug application (IND) within 10 weeks of the FDA guidance.3 In October 2017, after clinical validation and BLA submission, the FDA approved Roche cobas® Zika (IVD) test for use on the cobas® 6800/8800 Systems.4 The cobas® Zika test was the first commercially available test for the detection of the Zika virus RNA in samples of human plasma intended for use in screening blood donations.4
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