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FDA approval for VERSANT® HCV RNA qualitative assay

Bayer Corporation, acting through its Business Group Diagnostics, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval of Gen-Probe Incorporated's PreMarket Application (PMA) covering Bayer's VERSANT® HCV RNA qualitative assay, a nucleic acid probe diagnostic assay for the qualitative detection of HCV RNA in patients infected with hepatitis C.

VERSANT® HCV qualitative assay, which utilizes proprietary Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) technology from Gen-Probe, is the most sensitive HCV molecular diagnostic test to receive approval from the FDA. With its superior sensitivity, this diagnostic test permits more accurate detection of HCV infections, providing physicians with better information to make treatment and management decisions.

The qualitative HCV assay, developed and manufactured by Gen-Probe, will now be marketed to clinical laboratories in the U.S. by Bayer Diagnostics under the brand name, VERSANT®.

"Clinical studies have shown that the Bayer TMA assay is highly sensitive and reliable rendering it an essential tool in the clinical management of HCV-infected patients," stated Eugene R. Schiff, MD, Center for Liver Diseases, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Dr. Schiff is the lead investigator on a poster presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) in Boston. Data presented by Dr. Schiff at the meeting summarize the results of the clinical trials conducted as part of the FDA submission. "The data generated in the clinical trial of this assay confirm that this test is suited for use at critical decision points in the HCV therapeutic continuum, affording great confidence in patient care."

Recent advances in the treatment of patients with hepatitis C have led to the need for improved diagnostic tools and testing algorithms. Additionally, early detection allows for early intervention, which may improve the effectiveness of antiviral therapies for HCV. Utilizing the latest approved therapies, roughly 40-80% of patients on therapy can expect clearance of the virus from their systems.

The therapeutic response rate is influenced by the HCV genotype. Successful treatment response is determined by utilizing a sensitive test to detect HCV RNA at the conclusion of therapy and upon follow-up testing six months post-treatment. A significant percentage of patients who have no detectable viral RNA after the usual course of treatment subsequently relapse and show detectable levels six months later.

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Source: Bayer Diagnostics Corporation View latest company information

Posted: November 25, 2002
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