Viral Transport Medium
Rocky Mountain Biologicals, LLC (RMBIO) produces Viral Transport Medium (VTM) designed specifically for SARS-CoV-2 (also known as corona virus and Covid-19) testing, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol #DSR-052-05. Based on Hank’s balanced salt solution, the medium has a stable pH and osmotic pressure, which provides an appropriate transport and storage environment for the specimen. In addition, the presence of appropriate protein components from US origin Fetal Bovine Serum helps maintains sample stabilization, and Gentamicin (an antibiotic) and Amphotericin (an antifungal) are included to minimize contamination of bacteria and fungi during transportation to maintain virus samples under prescribed conditions for routine nucleic acid extraction, genetic testing and PCR testing, etc. This product has not been reviewed by the FDA.
RMBIO VTM was tested and successfully validated via the Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 test, an automated in vitro diagnostic test for qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, performed on GeneXpert Instrument Systems. The Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 test is only for use under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization.
Per CDC protocol, the expiration date is one year from the date of manufacture. RMBIO VTM can be stored ambient (2-25°C). The CDC recommends individual test tubes be filled with 3ml of VTM each. The VTM must be aliquoted under sterile conditions.
Viral Transport Medium FAQ
Q. Why is your VTM clear colored instead of pink?
A. Our VTM is not tinted pink because we do not use a buffer that includes phenol red. The CDC protocol does not specify that phenol red be added to the VTM.
Q. What is the VTM expiration date?
A. Per CDC protocol, the expiration date is set at one year from the date of manufacture.
Q. Who can purchase Viral Transport Medium?
A. Our customers include, but are not limited to, hospitals, laboratories, universities, government, and private organizations
Q. Does RMBIO VTM have to be refrigerated?
A. No, RMBIO conducted an accelerated temperature stability study that showed our VTM can be stored ambient (2-25°C).