AspirinWorks(R) Test through AMS Laboratories tells doctors, patients if aspirin therapy is working to prevent heart attack and stroke
DENVER, March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A simple test is now available in the Wichita, Kan., area that determines if the aspirin you are taking to prevent a heart attack or stroke is effective.
The AspirinWorks(R) Test (www.aspirinworks.com) is available to doctors across Kansas through AMS Laboratory. Edwin Harned, AMS Laboratory president and CEO, said he's excited to introduce a test that gives physicians a tool to identify patients who are not benefitting from their aspirin therapy.
"Any time we have the chance to offer a test that gives the physician and patient good information about the validity of a drug that they are taking, we think it's a great test," said Harned.
Aspirin, taken by millions of Americans every day to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, works by making blood platelets less sticky and thus less likely to form a blood clot. Major clinical studies have shown that as many as one in four patients are resistant to the beneficial anti-platelet effects of aspirin.
"Not everyone responds the same to the same dose of aspirin," said Gordon Ens, Clinical Affairs Director for Corgenix Medical Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: CONX), Wichita resident and developer of the AspirinWorks Test. "So we came up with a simple, non-invasive test to measure aspirin effect in individuals taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke."
The AspirinWorks Test determines the effect of aspirin on platelets by measuring the level of the biomarker called thromboxane B2 (11dhTxB2). The higher the levels of thromboxane B2, the stickier the blood platelets, and the less impact the aspirin is having. This crucial information allows physicians to individualize a patient's therapy, which may be as simple as adjusting the dose.
AspirinWorks is the only FDA-cleared test that measures urinary thromboxane B2 to accurately determine aspirin effect in apparently healthy individuals. Unlike other platelet tests, which require freshly drawn blood that must be evaluated within four hours, the AspirinWorks Test only requires a urine sample that can be obtained at the doctor's office or AMS Laboratory patient service centers.
The AspirinWorks Test is reimbursed by most insurance carriers, and covered under Medicare and Medicaid. Physicians interested in ordering the test can contact AMS Laboratory customer service at 800-876-0243 or 316-265-4533 or visit www.amsreferencelab.com. Individuals interested in getting tested on a self-pay basis may also visit any AMS laboratory service center and request the AspirinWorks Test.
About Corgenix Medical Corporation
Corgenix is a leader in the development and manufacturing of specialized diagnostic kits for immunology disorders, vascular diseases and bone and joint disorders, including the world's only non-blood-based test for aspirin effect. Corgenix diagnostic products are commercialized for use in clinical laboratories throughout the world. The company currently sells over 50 diagnostic products through a global distribution network and has significant experience advancing products through the FDA process. More information is available at www.corgenix.com.
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