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FDA Clears Caspofungin (Cancidas(R)) Susceptibility Testing for TREK Sensititre(R) YeastOne(R) in Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Product Line
Date:7/7/2009

CLEVELAND, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- TREK Diagnostic Systems, a Magellan Biosciences business and premier provider of diagnostic systems and susceptibility products for microbiology labs, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include caspofungin in its line of YeastOne susceptibility products. TREK will make the drug available on custom YeastOne formats, allowing clinicians to create the plate that best meets their requirements. The custom format complements TREK's standard IVD-cleared YeastOne product (Part No. YO-2V), which contains the four most widely-prescribed antifungals: itraconazole, fluconazole, 5 flucytosine and voriconazole.

Physicians typically prescribe intravenous caspofungin therapy when other treatment regimes are not well tolerated or have failed. The first in a new class of enzyme-inhibiting antifungal agents, caspofungin, is FDA-cleared for treatment of candidiasis in adults and pediatric patients. Candidiasis is a fungal infection that can be life-threatening if it becomes systemic.

"This is the second FDA clearance we have received this year for our YeastOne product line," said President of Magellan's diagnostics business, James Whelan. "Last month, we announced the addition of voriconazole to our standard YeastOne IVD plate. Our goal with IVD susceptibility products is to increase reportable compounds and treatment options for clinicians. Customers need plates that allow them to report timely results using a fully reimbursable format. We are committed to taking our products through the FDA clearance process where feasible and appropriate. Because pharmaceutical companies use our Sensititre susceptibility system during drug development, we often get early access to the latest therapeutics and are able to provide clinicians with the widest possible drug choices. A wide array of cost-effective plate formats that deliver timely and reliable results not only supports pharmac
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