A device cleared by the FDA in 2019 to help diagnose respiratory illness could help COVID-19 patients.

MediPines Corp. in Newport Beach makes the breathalyzer-like AGM 100, currently approved for uses unrelated to the current pandemic. It can’t test for coronavirus infection, but the company said in a press release it can assist in determining the severity of symptoms related to breathing by measuring oxygen saturation levels.

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The alternate use doesn’t have to be specifically approved because it’s already used in respiratory illness work; MediPines released guidance for medical personnel on how to use the device in line with Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization standards in treating COVID-19.

MediPines LinkedIn site said the device can also be used in Canada for these patients.

Crunchbase notes the company, which has also had a presence in Yorba Linda, has received about $4.3 million in backing.

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