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AdvanDx Launches Fast, 90 Minutes Protocol for All CE-IVD Marked PNA FISH(R) Tests in Europe
Date:4/27/2009

Pathogen Identification Results in 90 Minutes Direct from Positive Blood Cultures

Faster Results to Help Clinicians Improve Antibiotic Selection and Outcomes for Critical Infections

WOBURN, Mass. and VEDBAEK, Denmark, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- AdvanDx today announced that it has launched a fast, 90 minutes protocol for all CE-IVD marked PNA FISH(R) tests in Europe. The fast protocol reduces the PNA FISH turn-around time from the original 2.5 hours to 90 minutes by reducing PNA probe hybridization time from 90 minutes to 30 minutes. Clinical validation studies performed at hospitals in the United States and Europe show the two protocols to be 100% equivalent while maintaining the very high (>95%) sensitivity and specificity versus slower, conventional laboratory methods.

Since the first product launch in May 2003, AdvanDx's PNA FISH tests have provided rapid identification of bloodstream pathogens to help clinicians optimize antibiotic therapy and improve care for patients with critical infections. Clinical studies have shown that implementing PNA FISH tests reduced time to reporting of pathogen identification results by up to 48-72 hours, improved antibiotic selection for patients with bloodstream infections, reduced unnecessary antibiotic use, reduced infection related mortality rates and significantly reduced hospital bed, pharmacy and laboratory costs. (1,2,3,4) With the shortened protocol, labs will be able to provide results even faster to help clinicians further improve antibiotic prescribing and patient care.

"We are very excited to launch the shortened PNA FISH protocol in Europe," said Thais T. Johansen, President and CEO of AdvanDx. "The faster results will enable laboratories to provide this critical information sooner to clinicians, enabling them to make the most appropriate antibiotic selection and treatment decision as early as possible," Johansen concluded.


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