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Abaxis Announces First Ever CLIA-Waived Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
Date:11/8/2007

Healthcare professionals can now conduct immediate comprehensive general health diagnosis at the point-of-care and begin triage faster and easier

than ever.

UNION CITY, Calif., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABAX), a medical products company manufacturing point-of-care blood analysis systems, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted waived status under CLIA regulations for 4 additional analytes, that subsequently allows the waived status of 3 additional complete chemistry panels, including the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Basic Metabolic Panel and Electrolyte Panel. With these new CLIA waived panels, the healthcare community can now conduct lab-accurate comprehensive health screenings in nearly any environment with ease, efficiency and speed under a simple certificate of waiver. The 4 analytes - Chloride (Cl-), Potassium (K+), Sodium (Na+), and Total Carbon Dioxide (tCO2) - were granted waived status by the FDA when used in conjunction with the Piccolo(R) and Piccolo Xpress(TM) point-of-care analyzers for the medical market.

"With these important CLIA waivers, the healthcare community has the new and unique capability to conduct immediate comprehensive health assessments at the point-of-care and begin patient triage with a high degree of accuracy and certainty - all without the burden of conforming to complex laboratory requirements," said Dr. Steven Kazmierczak, Professor of Pathology at Oregon Health & Science University.

"The potential impact of these FDA waivers is significant for the healthcare industry. The 9 CLIA waived panels now on the Abaxis menu represent over 90% of all general chemistries or
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