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Prometheus Presents Findings From Development of PROMETHEUS(R) IBS Diagnostic, First Blood Test for IBS, at ACG Annual Scientific Meeting
Date:10/7/2008

g for this complex syndrome. It provides physicians a valuable tool to help clarify or validate other clinical findings. This test further strengthens our growing portfolio of proprietary, high-value diagnostics and complementary pharmaceutical products."

IBS can be challenging to diagnose because it is a functional disease that is not associated with any visible abnormality and symptoms often overlap with other gastrointestinal conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and chronic functional constipation/diarrhea. Symptom-based criteria have been established to make a positive diagnosis of IBS; however, in practice the diagnosis of IBS is typically made through a process of elimination by determining the patient does not have other gastrointestinal diseases with similar symptoms.

About IBS

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, in 2007, almost 60 million, or 20%, of the U.S. population had symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most common disorders diagnosed by physicians. At least twice as many women as men are affected by IBS, a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Although it significantly impairs health-related quality of life, unfortunately, many people suffer from IBS for almost 3 years before being properly diagnosed and treated. It is believed that up to 75% of people suffering from IBS are not receiving medical care for their symptoms, due in part to the current difficulties of diagnosing IBS.

About Prometheus

Prometheus Laboratories Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and diagnostic products to help physicians individualize patient care. Prometheus is currently focused on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders in the United States. Its strategy includes the marketing and delivery
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