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Cellestis Responds to World Health Organization Guidance on Use of Blood Tests for Active Tuberculosis
Date:7/25/2011

potentially help to lower healthcare costs related to TB and reduce the risk of epidemics."

QFT is well-regarded by the public health and infectious disease communities, and evidence of its clinical effectiveness and utility in tuberculosis management has been supported over the years in more than 600 peer-reviewed studies published in prestigious medical journals throughout the world.(3,4,5,6,)

About QuantiFERON®-TB Gold (QFT)

QuantiFERON®-TB Gold (QFT) is a whole blood test that accurately identifies people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of Tuberculosis (TB). As a modern alternative to the 110 year old Tuberculin Skin Test (TST), also known as the Mantoux, QFT offers unmatched specificity, high sensitivity and simplicity. QFT enables focused TB therapy by providing clinicians with an accurate, reliable and convenient TB diagnostic tool. QFT is unaffected by previous BCG vaccination and most other environmental mycobacteria. Unlike the TST, it requires only one patient visit, is a controlled laboratory test and provides an objective, reproducible result that is unaffected by subjective interpretation.

QFT is available for use in all clinical settings in which TST is commonly used. Examples include contact tracing, regular employee testing, for example for health care workers, as well as screening programs for prisoners and immigrants. QFT's application in the screening of immunosuppressed patients prior to anti-TNF-alpha therapy initiation and in patients with HIV, cancer or organ transplants offers distinct advantages over the TST.

QFT is sold directly in the U.S. by Cellestis Inc. and through Quest Diagnostics, Inc., LabCorp, and other commercial laboratories. In Europe QFT is provided by Cellestis GmbH (Germany); and in Australia/New Zealand by Cellestis International Pty. Ltd. (Australia). QFT is also available through Cellestis Commercial Partners in Japan, Europe, the M
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