Empowering appropriate antimicrobial use with rapid diagnostics.

The Problem

Prompt antibiotic therapy is associated with faster subsidence of symptoms, prevention of complications and reduced spread of the strain to others.1 In fact, if left untreated, serious sequelae such as rheumatic fever and glomerularnephritis may occur. However, the diagnosis of Strep A pharyngitis based on clinical features alone is unreliable even for experienced physicians.1,3 Although Strep A is the cause in only 15% - 30% of cases, antibiotics are prescribed in 55% - 75% of cases.1 Throat swab culture is the gold standard test but delays diagnosis for at least 18- 72 hours.2