Procurement Trends: Molecular Assay Analyzers - September, 2020
September 1, 2020 | Procurement Trends
Molecular assay analyzers areused clinically to detect, identify, and/or quantify molecules ofmicroorganisms (e.g., bacteria, virus, fungus) and/or genetic abnormalitiesbased in the characteristics of the patient's nucleic acids (e.g., DNA, RNA,mRNA). Member interest in molecular testing platforms has surged during 2020due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While other types of tests to detect COVID-19 inpatients have begun to receive FDA emergency use authorization, the PCR tests,utilized by molecular platforms, remain the gold standard. Through the firsteight months of 2020, SELECTplus members submitted more quotes for molecular assayanalyzers than were submitted in any of the past three complete years (dataprimarily collected from USA). If this trend continues, we may see...