Molecular Strep Testing
The ID Now Strep test utilizes isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology for the qualitative detection of Group A Strep bacterial nucleic acids. It is a rapid test and is confirmatory, which means that a culture is not required in the event of a negative test.
The most common symptoms include:
- Sore throat that can start very quickly
- Pain when swallowing
- Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- Tiny, red spots (petechiae — pronounced pi-TEE-kee-eye) on the roof of the mouth (the soft or hard palate)
- Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck
Headache, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting can also occur and are more common in children.
If a patient is positive for Group A strep infection:
- The pharmacy will contact the patient’s primary care provider for treatment.
- If the patient has no primary care provider or if they are unreachable, the pharmacy will dispense appropriate antibiotic therapy based upon a collaborative practice agreement with a medical provider.