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Point-of-Care Multiplex PCR Testing

General Practice/Family Medicine

General practitioners can be life-long partners in their patients’ health, and they are often the first point of contact for patients seeking care. Syndromic infectious disease testing gives general practitioners the tools to make timely, informed treatment decisions while giving patients the answers they seek.

What are the Pressures on General Practitioners?

Most primary care providers literally don’t have enough time to fulfill all recommended patient care needs according to a recent US study in adult population.1 Out of the patients seen each day, those with respiratory complaints often present with similar symptoms: fever, cough, runny nose, and sore throat. Diagnosing these infections based on symptoms alone is difficult and may lead to misdiagnosis. It is important that physicians exclude serious or life-threatening conditions that warrant emergency or inpatient care for imaging, drainage, or surgical intervention. During the brief time spent with patients, general practitioners must be able to recommend the most appropriate treatment with high confidence.

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How can bioMérieux solutions help General Practitioners?

Patients often turn to primary care clinics when they are suffering from common respiratory infections. Because the specific etiology is usually uncertain, diagnostic testing is very helpful in determining the cause. Syndromic testing offers a comprehensive approach to diagnosis. Physicians can consider a wide range of potential pathogens that may be causing the patient’s symptoms, which is especially useful when the clinical presentation is nonspecific or when multiple pathogens can cause similar symptoms. Additionally, onsite infectious disease diagnostics is convenient for patients and helps avoid the expense of offsite or send-out testing.

Our Point-of-Care Testing Offer

BIOFIRE® SPOTFIRE® is our innovative multiplex PCR solution for point-of-care testing, offering actionable results within about 15 minutes. By providing fast results on a comprehensive grouping of pathogens, BIOFIRE® SPOTFIRE® Solution can help inform timely treatment decisions and may support antimicrobial stewardship and improve patient management.

Disclaimer: Product availability varies by country. Please consult your local bioMérieux representative for product availability in your country.


    This Changes Everything.

    SPOTFIRE® System is the latest advancement in molecular infectious disease diagnostics from bioMérieux. All our expertise and cutting-edge FILMARRAY® technology is at the heart of the system design.

    SPOTFIRE® offers a multiplex PCR solution for Point-of-care testing, offering rapid and actionable results onsite. It can run syndromic test on 1,2,3 or 4 modules and automates molecular results in minutes.

  • BIOFIRE® SPOTFIRE® Respiratory Panels

    Comprehensive Onsite PCR Results in ~15 Minutes.

    Point-of-care respiratory testing solutions with SPOTFIRE Respiratory Panels offering rapid syndromic PCR tests for a range of common pathogens.

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    1. Porter J, et al., (2023) Journal of general internal medicine vol. 38,1 (2023): 147-155.