Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Covid: 150,000 people already screened by an antigen test at a pharmacist, doctor or nurse


The use of antigenic tests will be relaxed again. Some 10,000 pharmacies should practice them on December 1 against 3,000 today. The results are supposed to be saved to the Si-Dep file from this Monday.

Nearly half of the pharmacies will perform the tests by December 1.

It’s a quick start. In ten days, pharmacists, nurses and town doctors have already screened 150,000 people using a Covid antigen test. The Ministry of Health authorized them in October to carry out these rapid tests in order to relieve the biological laboratories, taken by storm since the resurgence of the epidemic.

Specific remuneration has been set for each of these three professions. With this device, plus the authorization to test in airports or companies, everything is in place for a rapid ramp-up of antigenic tests in the city, which could partly replace the classic RT-PCR tests carried out in the laboratory.

Especially since the government is preparing to open up the spectrum of antigenic tests a little more, via a decree which could be published on Tuesday. “From now on, all symptomatic patients will be able to be screened”, rejoices Gilles Bonnefond, president of the pharmacists union USPO. Until now, those over 65 were excluded: being particularly vulnerable, they had to perform a more sensitive RT-PCR test. In addition, antigen testing was only allowed on condition that an RT-PCR test could not be obtained within 48 hours.

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“The advantage of the antigen test is that we have the result immediately and that there are no false positives”, explains Philippe Besset, president of the FSPF union. Indeed, the antigen test is not very reliable on asymptomatic people, because it does not always detect the viral load, on the other hand it is effective on someone who is coughing or who has a fever because he has caught the Covid. Conversely, RT-PCR tests are sometimes deemed a little too sensitive, creating unnecessary alerts.

A policy of deconfinement

Of the 150,000 tests already carried out, pharmacies take the lion’s share, with 125,000 screenings carried out by them. In addition, they distribute antigenic tests to nurses and doctors. In ten days, 550,000 units have already been billed to Medicare.

“It’s going to accelerate. It is also planned to facilitate the cooperative work of nurses, general practitioners, pharmacists, in barnums or places dedicated to screening. In a crisis situation, all the regulations that prevent inter-professionalism must be lifted ”, assures Gilles Bonnefond. At his home in Montélimar, the mayor lent the premises of the Palais des Congrès to organize the samples: “Twice 600 square meters! “ exclaims the pharmacist.

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“Our goal is 10,000 pharmacies performing these tests on December 1st”, declares Philippe Besset, who wants “Be ready for deconfinement”. There are already more than 3,000 today (out of 21,000). “Testing, protecting, isolating, it is clearly a policy of deconfinement”, he continues. The law of extension of the state of health emergency promulgated on Saturday also specifies that the health professionals in town who participate in screening are auxiliaries of “contact tracing”.

Do not distort the incidence data

Since Monday, liberal professionals are also supposed to report the results of antigenic tests in the central screening file, Si-Dep. This will ensure that the incidence data is not distorted, knowing that these tests are likely to develop, while the epidemic, it is hoped, will decline.

“It will be put in place little by little, because the IT architecture of Si-Dep is complex and it blocks the authentication rules. Pharmacists will have to create virtual cards for healthcare professionals on mobile devices, we are starting training… ”, brakes Philippe Besset. In the epidemic, we adapt, but nothing happens by magic.

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The use of antigenic tests will be relaxed again. Some 10,000 pharmacies should practice them on December 1 against 3,000 today. The results are supposed to be saved to the Si-Dep file from this Monday.

Nearly half of the pharmacies will perform the tests by December 1.

It’s a quick start. In ten days, pharmacists, nurses and town doctors have already screened 150,000 people using a Covid antigen test. The Ministry of Health authorized them in October to carry out these rapid tests in order to relieve the biological laboratories, taken by storm since the resurgence of the epidemic.

Specific remuneration has been set for each of these three professions. With this device, plus the authorization to test in airports or companies, everything is in place for a rapid ramp-up of antigenic tests in the city, which could partly replace the classic RT-PCR tests carried out in the laboratory.

Especially since the government is preparing to open up the spectrum of antigenic tests a little more, via a decree which could be published on Tuesday. “From now on, all symptomatic patients will be able to be screened”, rejoices Gilles Bonnefond, president of the pharmacists union USPO. Until now, those over 65 were excluded: being particularly vulnerable, they had to perform a more sensitive RT-PCR test. In addition, antigen testing was only allowed on condition that an RT-PCR test could not be obtained within 48 hours.

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“The advantage of the antigen test is that we have the result immediately and that there are no false positives”, explains Philippe Besset, president of the FSPF union. Indeed, the antigen test is not very reliable on asymptomatic people, because it does not always detect the viral load, on the other hand it is effective on someone who is coughing or who has a fever because he has caught the Covid. Conversely, RT-PCR tests are sometimes deemed a little too sensitive, creating unnecessary alerts.

A policy of deconfinement

Of the 150,000 tests already carried out, pharmacies take the lion’s share, with 125,000 screenings carried out by them. In addition, they distribute antigenic tests to nurses and doctors. In ten days, 550,000 units have already been billed to Medicare.

“It’s going to accelerate. It is also planned to facilitate the cooperative work of nurses, general practitioners, pharmacists, in barnums or places dedicated to screening. In a crisis situation, all the regulations that prevent inter-professionalism must be lifted ”, assures Gilles Bonnefond. At his home in Montélimar, the mayor lent the premises of the Palais des Congrès to organize the samples: “Twice 600 square meters! “ exclaims the pharmacist.

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“Our goal is 10,000 pharmacies performing these tests on December 1st”, declares Philippe Besset, who wants “Be ready for deconfinement”. There are already more than 3,000 today (out of 21,000). “Testing, protecting, isolating, it is clearly a policy of deconfinement”, he continues. The law of extension of the state of health emergency promulgated on Saturday also specifies that the health professionals in town who participate in screening are auxiliaries of “contact tracing”.

Do not distort the incidence data

Since Monday, liberal professionals are also supposed to report the results of antigenic tests in the central screening file, Si-Dep. This will ensure that the incidence data is not distorted, knowing that these tests are likely to develop, while the epidemic, it is hoped, will decline.

“It will be put in place little by little, because the IT architecture of Si-Dep is complex and it blocks the authentication rules. Pharmacists will have to create virtual cards for healthcare professionals on mobile devices, we are starting training… ”, brakes Philippe Besset. In the epidemic, we adapt, but nothing happens by magic.

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