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Omega-3 finger-prick test now available in some Australian pharmacies

By Gary Scattergood+

Last updated on 07-Feb-2017 at 02:52 GMT2017-02-07T02:52:06Z

The test retails at $70. ©iStock
The test retails at $70. ©iStock

A new self-administered omega-3 finger-prick blood test is now available in some Australian community pharmacies. 

The RRP of the Omega-3 Index Test  is AUD$70, although some sites administering the tests have discounted the cost.

The test is the result of work carried out by The Omega-3 Index Project, which was formed to create more awareness of omega-3 insufficiency.

“The ramifications of omega-3 insufficiency include higher rates of chronic disease—particularly heart disease—and billions of dollars in health care costs,” said the organisation.

Measuring omega-3 levels regularly using the Omega-3 Index test will help consumers and patients to identify, correct and maintain healthy levels of these important nutrients and reduce their risk of chronic disease.

According to cardiologist Dr Ross Walker the test provides an excellent opportunity for pharmacy professionals to help improve the heart health of their patients.

“This test is a cost-effective marker of an individual’s Omega-3 status and should become the clinical standard in healthcare,” he said.

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