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ABAXIS Announces Launch of the First Fully Automated Canine Wellness Profile That Includes a Canine Heartworm Antigen Test
Date:10/8/2009

UNION CITY, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABAX), a medical products company manufacturing point-of-care blood analysis instruments for the medical, research and veterinary markets, announced today that it has received USDA approval for its Canine Heartworm Antigen Test to be performed on the company's VetScan VS2 fully automated instrument. The Heartworm assay is now performed in the instrument alongside and simultaneously with eleven other important Canine health determinations, providing reliable results in minutes, at the point-of-care, and from only two drops of whole blood.

Ken Aron, Chief Technology Officer for Abaxis commented, "In the course of our development work we conducted extensive clinical testing of this Panel. We tested both the metabolic tests and the heartworm tests. For heartworm, we tested against several brands of lateral flow 'strip' tests and, in many cases, against necropsy verified samples. We tested hundreds of clinical samples - negative samples, known low worm burden samples, samples from very sick patients - at three different clinical sites, two private clinics in high-heartworm regions and also at a leading research university active in clinical research of heartworm and other parasitic infections. Through this testing we verified that the heartworm rotor-based assay has performance that is comparable to or exceeds all the widely used 'strip' tests and at the same time provides results from the metabolic tests with the same accuracy and precision that our customers are used to from our existing Abaxis rotors."

Martin Mulroy, Vice President Sales and Marketing Animal Health added, "The Canine Wellness Profile accomplishes two very important things previously not possible in the veterinary clinic. First, it eliminates technique dependant, manual steps that are pr
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