FDA clears fingertip blood collection device from BD

The MiniDraw capillary blood collection. [Image courtesy of BD]BD (NYSE: BDX) + announced today that the FDA granted 510(k) clearance to its MiniDraw novel blood collection device.

Franklin Lakes, New Jersey-based BD’s device obtains blood samples from a fingerstick, producing lab-quality results for commonly ordered blood tests.

BD designed MiniDraw as a less invasive device compared to traditional venous blood draw. A trained healthcare worker can collect blood from a patient’s finger without the need for a phlebotomist to collect from a vein.

The device provides a sample capable of producing lab-quality test results from a fraction of the volume of traditional venous collections. It also enables testing in more convenient settings, like a retail pharmacy or grocery store. BD said in a news release that the device could potentially “transform diagnostic testing.”

MiniDraw received c…

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