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Magellan Biosciences Companies to Feature Diagnostic Products Designed to Improve Health Outcomes at the Clinical Lab Expo
Date:7/29/2008

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ESA Biosciences is launching a new FDA-cleared test to assess vitamin D sufficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic proportions in the general population, yet recent studies link it to conditions ranging from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders - to depression, stroke, and several forms of cancer. Consequently, physicians are ordering vitamin D tests in record numbers, straining the send-out budgets of many labs. Finally, there's a practical, cost-effective alternative for clinical labs that offers significant improvements over other methodologies: the ESA Biosciences Vitamin D HPLC Test for the determination of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in serum or plasma. The ESA test, comprising reagent kit and test system, detects each form of vitamin D individually and automatically reports total 25(OH)D, with none of the antibody or protein-binding specificity issues associated with existing assays. The ESA Vitamin D HPLC Test provides accurate and specific results as demonstrated through comparison with other methods (HPLC-UV and LC-MS), but offers simplified extraction and lower sample-volume requirements. The ESA assay is reimbursable (CPT code 82306).

ESA will also feature its CLIA-waived LeadCare(R) II system, which makes blood-lead testing easy. Far simpler to administer than traditional blood-lead tests, the device can be used with a capillary or venous sample, can be combined with other routine waived blood tests, and saves administrative time spent on paperwork, tracking, and follow-up. Most important, it improves health outcomes - children with elevated blood-lead levels can receive immediate intervention, rather than waiting days or weeks for results and follow-up treatment from medical providers. LeadCare II tests are reimbursable (CPT code 83655) and cost-effective - allowing health systems to focus resources on those truly at risk.

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