First Rapid Test for Malaria Gets FDA Clearance

FDA announced it has cleared for marketing the Binax NOW Malaria Test, the first rapid test for malaria authorized for use in the United States. The test, made by Binax Inc., a subsidiary of Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. (Scarborough, ME), can produce results in 15 minutes from a few drops of whole blood. It can also differentiate types of malaria. Previously, technicians had to examine blood samples under a microscope.