BD received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new molecular diagnostic combination test for COVID, Influenza A + B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to help combat illness in the current and future respiratory virus seasons. 

The test, for use on the BD MAX Molecular Diagnostic System, uses a single nasal swab or a single nasopharyngeal swab sample to identify and distinguish if a patient has COVID, the flu, RSV or some combination of the three, with results available in as little as two hours. The test helps eliminate the need for multiple tests or doctor visits and can help clinicians implement the right treatment plan quickly. The co-testing approach also helps to increase testing capacity during the busy flu/RSV season and speed time to diagnosis.

“While fears of a ‘tripledemic’ this respiratory season have largely diminished, accurately differentiating influenza and RSV from COVID-19 and providing appropriate treatment remains a challenge for our customers,” says Nikos Pavlidis, vice president of molecular diagnostics at BD. “This diagnostic test provides the ability to identify multiple pathogens using a single sample and can quickly pinpoint the causative virus or viruses and enable clinicians to administer appropriate treatment early in the course of infection.” 

The BD MAX System can analyze hundreds of samples over a 24-hour period. The Respiratory Viral Panel for BD MAX System is an RT-PCR assay that detects and differentiates the nucleic acid of SARS-CoV-2, flu A, flu B and RSV in as little as two hours for the first result, with the simplified and automated workflow of the BD MAX System. 

The BD Respiratory Viral Panel assay for BD MAX System was also CE marked under the IVD directive 98/79/EC in May of 2022.

This product from BD has not been FDA cleared or approved but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under EUA for use by authorized laboratories. It has been authorized only for the detection and differentiation of nucleic acid of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus, not for any other viruses or pathogens.