SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 30, 2013) - Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL), a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the sale of its AmpliVue Group B Strep Assay. AmpliVue is Quidel's non-instrumented molecular diagnostic test that employs a novel amplification technology with an easy-to-use, hand-held device. The AmpliVue Group B Strep Assay combines isothermal Helicase Dependent Amplification (HDA) with Quidel's well-established expertise in lateral flow technology to detect Group B Streptococcus (GBS) from enriched broth cultures of specimens from antepartum women.
GBS is responsible for illness in people of all ages, but it is a particularly serious pathogen for newborns in whom it can cause life-threatening sepsis, pneumonia and sometimes meningitis with a risk for long lasting effects, including deafness and developmental disabilities.1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 10% to 30% of pregnant women carry GBS that can be transmitted to the newborn at delivery. CDC guidelines recommend that all pregnant women should be tested for GBS infection between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy.2
Although more rare, serious GBS infections can also occur in adults, leading to bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and other infections that can be fatal.3
"We are pleased to receive 510(k) clearance for our AmpliVue Group B Strep assay," said Douglas Bryant, president and chief executive officer of Quidel Corporation. "We can now provide the hospital laboratories with another AmpliVue assay for fast, accurate infectious disease testing without the need for additional investments in expensive equipment."
The AmpliVue Group B Strep assay now enables laboratories of all sizes to perform highly sensitive and specific molecular tests and is Quidel's second assay to launch in the hand-held, disposable AmpliVue format. The AmpliVue C. difficile assay was launched earlier this year for the detection of toxigenic Clostridium difficile bacterial DNA. Both assays are now available for sale throughout the U.S. and Europe. Diagnostic tests for other analytes of interest that will use the novel AmpliVue platform are in development.
About Quidel Corporation
Quidel Corporation serves to enhance the health and well being of people around the globe through the development of diagnostic solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes and provide economic benefits to the healthcare system. Marketed under the QuickVue®, D3® Direct Detection and Thyretain® leading brand names, as well as under the new Sofia® and AmpliVue® brands, Quidel's products aid in the detection and diagnosis of many critical diseases and conditions, including, among others, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, Strep A, herpes, pregnancy, thyroid disease and fecal occult blood. Quidel's research and development engine is also developing a continuum of diagnostic solutions from advanced lateral-flow and direct fluorescent antibody to molecular diagnostic tests to further improve the quality of healthcare in physicians' offices and hospital and reference laboratories. For more information about Quidel's comprehensive product portfolio, visit www.quidel.com and Diagnostic Hybrids at www.dhiusa.com.
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