Shortage of TB test solution halts routine testing in Pinal County | Health
Pinal County’s Public Health program has temporarily halted testing for tuberculosis (TB) due to a shortage of Tubersol solution, which is used in testing.
Beginning today, Pinal County will administer the test to those who are suspected of having TB or who are suspected of being in contact with a person having TB who needs to be screened for possible treatment.
Certain occupations, like school admissions or in-home childcare arrangements require screening for TB. These are considered ‘routine screenings’ and, due to the shortage the county has suspended routine testing until the solution is more widely available.
“We reached this decision after consulting with the Arizona Department of Health Services and noting that several other counties have suspended routine testing,” said Public Health Director Tom Schryer, in a recent news release. “If we continued routine testing, we would exhaust our Tubersol supply in a matter of weeks. If we ran out, we could not test people we believe to pose an infectious disease risk due to signs of an active TB infection.”
“This does not mean people requiring a TB test should go untested,” Schryer said. “Our staff has assembled a list of health care providers that stand ready to administer routine tests for occupational or other needs.”
Providers that can meet routine testing needs include:
- Casa Grande Regional Urgent Care - (520) 381-6300
- Urgent Care Extra - (480) 840-3075
- My Doctor Now - (480) 677-8282
- Gold Canyon Urgent Care - (480) 982-3691
- MBI Casa Grande - (520) 836-3800
- Maricopa Urgent Care - (520) 381-3811
- Fast Med - (480) 855-9400
Health officials expect to be able to resume routine testing once supplies of the solution return to normal levels. An announcement will follow when routine screening is available at Pinal County’s public health clinics.