Vanc Pharmaceuticals’ goal is to allow pharmacists to have a larger, more involved, role in the Canadian healthcare system. This can be accomplished in this day and age by bringing technology directly to the pharmacist’s counter and therefore making healthcare more accessible to patients at the pharmacy level. Vancpharm has initiated in bringing this technology by becoming the only distributor in Canada for INSTI®.
INSTI® is the world’s fastest HIV-1/HIV-2 Antibody qualitative test for the detection of antibodies to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 and Type 2 in human whole blood, fingerstick blood, serum or plasma. It gives test results in less than 60 seconds with a greater than 99% accuracy. The Public Health Agency of Canada states that one in five people who are HIV positive are unaware of their status. Therefore, accessible Health Canada and FDA approved Point of Care technologies such as INSTI will allow the number of undiagnosed HIV+ Canadian patients to decrease and will help control the spread of this immune compromising infection.