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Roche receives FDA approval for cytomegalovirus viral load test

Friday, July 6, 2012

Switzerland-based Roche has received premarket approval from the FDA for a new test to assess a patient’s viral load of cytomegalovirus (CMV).

The fully automated Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan CMV Test is the first FDA-approved laboratory test for use in quantifying CMV DNA in human plasma specimens. Physicians use CMV DNA viral load information from the test to help manage patients who have been diagnosed with CMV disease, specifically patients whose immune system has been suppressed for solid organ transplantation.

“We are pleased to offer this innovative test to address a key medical need for immunosuppressed solid organ transplant patients,” said Paul Brown, Ph.D., head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. “With this test, laboratories now have an FDA-approved option for standardized and automated CMV viral load testing that improves the laboratory’s workflow. It provides physicians with clinically useful information to aid in the management of solid organ transplant patients with CMV disease.”

Roche’s new real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based CMV test is designed for use on the fully automated Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan system, an established platform for viral load monitoring of multiple infectious diseases. The system can be combined with the cobas p 630 Instrument, which provides an integrated pre-analytical primary tube handling solution.

Roche expects to begin shipping the new CMV test kit in the U.S. in August 2012.

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