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Heard of the Theranos blood test?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by juniemarie, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. juniemarie

    juniemarie Senior Member

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    Maybe others have heard of it but it can be done at Walgreens using a teeny tiny finger prick of blood and the info it transferred by computer to the lab and you get results super fast…..they have a listing of the test they perform and they look amazing inexpensive. Don't know what the scuttlebutt is as to accuracy etc.
    Sounds pretty cool


    http://www.theranos.com
     
  2. IreneF

    IreneF Senior Member

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    But can I walk into the Walgreen's and ask for specific tests, or does a physician have to order them?
     
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    juniemarie Senior Member

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    @lreneF click on the links and you shall receive the answer you seek.
     
  5. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    Hip Senior Member

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    I emailed Theranos some months ago asking them about any plans to come to the UK, but unfortunately got no reply. But then the Wikipedia article about the company says that: "The company has been secretive about its plans and operations in order to maintain confidentiality - operating deeply in ‘stealth mode’ - and has rarely spoken to the media."

    I wonder if their prices are just a bit too low. I would like to see these people make a good profit so that they can quickly expand and establish themselves across the US, and hopefully in other countries too.

    With for example a cholesterol level tests costing just $2.99, they could double or triple their prices and still be absurdly cheap.
     
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    Valentijn WE ARE KINA

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    Valentijn WE ARE KINA

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/09/b...beth-holmes-ban.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
    It sounds like they can keep running during the appeals process, but are expected to lose any appeals. The article specifically refers to inaccuracies in a test for blood clotting which could have deadly consequences, and more generally to the lack of validation and/or publishing regarding accuracy of all of the testing.

    They might continue to develop and market testing technology, but to other labs, rather than directly to consumers. But they'll have trouble doing that without validating the testing process or equipment. Walgreens already pulled out last month.
     
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