P&G launching new swab for COVID-19 tests

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 12:01:01-05

CINCINNATI — P&G announced Wednesday that a new swab the company has developed will launch production for the clinical laboratory market.

The swabs, developed to help combat a still-occurring shortage in COVID-19 test components, will "reduce handling and lab processing cycle time and increase lab capacity as new home collection kits expand rapidly into the virus detection market," according to a press release from P&G.

P&G will partner with Rhinostics, a company that commercializes medical supplies, to launch the new swab.

"Rhinostics plans on registering the P&G polypropylene nasal swab as a Class I Exempt medical device and will pursue Emergency Use Authorization for home collection with rPT-PCR testing," the press release states.

P&G made no official announcement in the release that at-home test kits are a reality, but stated the new type of swab could be used in instances of at-home testing, expedite test results and become a future solution for testing for other viruses, like the flu.