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MinuteClinic Offers New Rapid Pink-Eye Test; Detects Viral Conjunctivitis Infections in Minutes
Date:8/11/2009

ATLANTA, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based health care in the United States, is now offering a first-of-its kind rapid conjunctivitis (pink-eye) test at its 23 locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Atlanta area. The rapid test is a pilot project conducted in partnership with Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc (RPS). MinuteClinic hopes to offer the test nationally at a future date in its clinic locations in 25 states.

The partnership makes the RPS Adeno Detector(TM) available to millions of Atlanta residents and allows MinuteClinic nurse practitioners to accurately diagnose whether a patient has viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. Practitioners can then identify a proper course of treatment and eliminate unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions when a viral condition exists.

"MinuteClinic patients will get on-the-spot results that provide a more precise pink-eye diagnosis," said Donna Haugland, MinuteClinic Chief Nursing Officer. "This helps prevent the overuse of antibiotics and can lead to prescription savings."

Conjunctivitis is an infectious -- and frequently highly-contagious -- condition that is most often caused by either a virus or bacteria. It is often spread among children in close environments such as schools, camps and recreational activities.

Until now, the accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of pink-eye has been difficult. While treatment with antibiotics is only necessary in 40 to 60 percent of cases, the majority of medical professionals prescribe antibiotics nearly 100 percent of the time. Indiscriminately prescribing antibiotics compounds the side effects associated with their overuse and increases patient resistance to these medications.

"Our goal was to develop new medical technology that improves patient outcomes and results in the highest level of care," said Rober
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