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15th May 2018  Content supplied by: Cepheid

Group A Strep Detection in 18 Minutes With FDA and CLIA Waiver

Accurate and Reliable Group A Streptococcus Detection in as Little as 18 Minutes1

Cepheid have announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and waiver under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) for the Xpert® Xpress Strep A test. The test can be performed in near-patient settings by untrained users, to provide rapid and accurate molecular detection of Streptococcus pyogenes (i.e., Group A Strep) in as little as 18 minutes.1

“The rapid results provided by Xpert Xpress Strep A test can facilitate antimicrobial stewardship in the outpatient setting consistent with renewed healthcare provider focus on the reduction of unnecessary antibiotic use in ambulatory care settings. It also leverages the versatility of our platform to improve patient care,” said David H. Persing, M.D., Ph.D., Cepheid's Chief Medical and Technology Officer.

Xpert Xpress Strep A utilizes automated real-time polymerase chain reaction -PCR- to detect Streptococcus pyogenes DNA. The on board reagents deliver high-performance specifications with no requirements for culture confirmation of negative results unless clinical symptoms persist or there is an outbreak of acute rheumatic fever.

For more information on Cepheid's GeneXpert® Systems or the complete menu of Xpert and Xpert Xpress tests, visit

1. With early assay termination (EAT) for positive results

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Date Published: 15th May 2018

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