After weeks of blaming Texas Presbyterian Hospital for the delayed treatment of Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, it turns out that the CDC and fellow bureaucrats in the White House were not the only ones in DC who played a role in a calamity that exposed the incompetence of government. Enter the tyrannical FDA.
Texas Presbyterian had in their possession The Film Array, a $39,000 device capable of detecting the presence of the Ebola virus but could not use the device because it is not FDA approved.
Instead, the hospital had to wait 48 hours for confirmation of test results for not only Duncan but also Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the two nurses who had contracted the Ebola virus while treating Duncan who were not wearing protective gear prior to his test results.
However, military news site Defense One reports that doctors could have simply turned on a toaster-sized device called the Film Array and gotten a diagnosis within minutes.
US military doctors sent to West Africa to combat the disease are already using the Film Array, which has more than 90percent accuracy, according to Defense.
The device costs $39,000 – a pittance by the standards of medical devices in hospitals – and was developed by Utah-based BioFire Diagnostics to test the genetic markers of a slew of gastrointestinal and respiratory viruses. It can use blood or saliva samples and it’s proven adept at quickly detecting Ebola, as well.
Presbyterian Hospital acquired one two years ago, though it has been prohibited from using the device to diagnose patients because the Food and Drug Administration had approved it only for research use – and not for testing Ebola….
Once again, big government needs to get out of the way. More proof that big government, their ineptitude and burdensome regulations translates into suffering and a pile up in the cemetery. FDA regulations, Obamacare is going to be a hoot. H/t Moonbattery.