Trump Admin Removes Obama-era Coronavirus Testing Roadblock

  • 2020-03-05
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Trump Admin Removes Obama-era Coronavirus Testing Roadblock
 
President Trump has announced that his administration removed the Obama-era roadblock that was keeping coronavirus tests from being administered.

According to The Daily Caller:

The Trump administration has rolled back a Food And Drug Administration rule instituted by President Barack Obama that has stalled coronavirus testing at the state level.

The rule in question previously required state-run laboratories to only run medical tests pre-approved by the F.D.A.

Commissioner Stephen Hahn first addressed the testing problem on Saturday by issuing new guidance that would allow the state labs to conduct not-yet-approved coronavirus testing on patients in response to the public health emergency. In return for skirting the Obama-era regulation, laboratories must apply for an F.D.A. review of the new test, document the test’s accuracy and notify the F.D.A. of the test’s validity prior to F.D.A. completing the approval process.

“We believe this policy strikes the right balance during this public health emergency,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn of the rule change. “We will continue to help to ensure sound science prior to clinical testing and follow-up with the critical independent review from the FDA, while quickly expanding testing capabilities in the U.S.”

The Trump administration stated that the Obama administration's decision on testing guidelines proved to be incredibly detrimental to the coronavirus response.

 Source: TTN

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