After five months since the outbreak began in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) has finally given the green signal for the use and mass production of these Filipino-made, quality yet less expensive, test kits.
“After several months of collaboration, we are proud to say, GenAmplify version 2, the country’s very own RT-PCR test kit, is finally ready for commercial use.”– Department of Health (DOH)
It was last April the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the commercial use of the locally made RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) detection kit, funded by DOST and manufactured by Manila HealthTek, Inc. However, the test kits were recalled after a “very minor defect” was discovered the following month.
DOH has assured the Manila Health Tek team worked closely with their independent laboratory expert panel “in addressing key issues of version 1 of GenAmplify”.
Furthermore, DOH said that the same as the other medical products and devices, performance of the kit will be regularly monitored.
Compared to the foreign-made kits sold at P8,000, these locally-made kits will be sold at only P1,300 per piece.
“We, at the DOH and DOST-PCHRD, are proud of our homegrown scientists who continue to use their talent to benefit not only the Filipino people but the rest of humanity as well.”