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Data Presented at American Association for Clinical Chemistry Meeting Show Many Americans May Have Low Vitamin D Levels
Date:7/28/2011

n, young adults, especially African-Americans and middle-aged and elderly adults. Low vitamin D is often present in adults above age 50. One study in an outpatient setting showed that 41 percent of otherwise healthy adults 49–83 years were found to have low vitamin D throughout the year.

Additional data presented in a poster session at AACC suggests the automated ARCHITECT® 25-OH Vitamin D assay, when compared with mass spectrometry on 107 patient samples, was highly sensitive and showed good correlation with LC-MS/MS (liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry), a laboratory technique used in analytical chemistry.  

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) recently filed a submission for clearance to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a fully-automated vitamin D assay performed on its widely used ARCHITECT testing system. It is currently under FDA review. The ARCHITECT 25-OH Vitamin D assay is approved for use outside of the United States.

About Vitamin D

The general term vitamin D refers to different forms of the vitamin. Vitamin D2 is synthesized by plants and Vitamin D3 is formed when skin is exposed to and absorbs sunlight. Vitamin D promotes calcium and phosphorus absorption to maintain healthy bones. In addition to sun exposure, common sources include fish, beef liver, eggs, cheese and milk.  

About Abbott Diagnostics

Abbott is a global leader in in vitro diagnostics and offers a broad range of innovative instrument systems and tests for hospitals, reference labs, molecular labs, blood banks, physician offices and clinics. With more than 69,000 customers in more than 100 countries, Abbott's diagnostic products offer customers automation, convenience, bedside testing, cost effectiveness and flexibility. Abbott has helped transform the practice of medical diagnosis from an art to a
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