SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - July 15, 2013) - Quidel Corporation
), a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cell-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, received Special 510(k) clearance for an update to the Company's immunofluorescence-based Sofia® Influenza A+B FIA package insert to include analytical reactivity with an avian Influenza A (H7N9) strain, A/Anhui/1/2013, on July 5th, 2013. Clearances of additional Special 510(k)s for its QuickVue® Influenza A+B and QuickVue Influenza visually read tests were also granted (June 28th and July 5th, respectively). The package inserts for all three products are being updated accordingly.
The novel influenza A (H7N9) virus is an avian influenza virus that has been shown to infect people in close contact with infected birds. In China, according to the CDC, approximately 130 people are known to have been infected with this virus and as of May 30, thirty-six (36) have died.(1) This virus is an avian influenza virus and is not readily human-to-human transmissible, but it is a high risk virus with pandemic potential. So far, no human cases have been identified outside of China.
The Sofia Influenza A+B FIA and both QuickVue influenza tests have been shown to detect the cultured A/Anhui/1/2013 virus analytically. However, the performance characteristics of these devices with clinical specimens from people that are positive for the A/Anhui/1/2013-like influenza A (H7N9) infection have not been established. The Sofia Influenza A+B FIA and the two QuickVue influenza kits can detect influenza A viruses, including this novel avian virus, but they cannot differentiate influenza A subtypes -- i.e., they cannot specifically identify this novel avian A (H7N9) or other avian or human influenza A subtypes.
Douglas Bryant, Quidel's president and chief executive officer, commented, "The first human infection with the novel avian influenza A (H7N9) was reported in China on April 1, 2013 -- only three and one half months ago.(1) The ability of the WHO, our U.S. regulatory and public health agencies, and our industry to react so quickly to dangerous, emergent viruses is an essential element of public health in the future, especially given the rapidly growing population and profound interconnectivity of the world's people made possible by rapid, comparatively inexpensive travel and commerce. Rapid tests, when used appropriately and correctly," Mr. Bryant added, "are useful tools in the effort to help diminish the spread of influenza. Quidel will continue to be alert to the advent of emergent influenza viruses with the intention of being poised to respond to important public health initiatives."
(1) http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/h7n9-virus.htm, as of July 12, 2013.
About Quidel Corporation
Quidel Corporation serves to enhance the health and well being of people around the globe through the development of diagnostic solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes and provide economic benefits to the healthcare system. Marketed under the QuickVue®, D3® Direct Detection and Thyretain® leading brand names, as well as under the new Sofia® and AmpliVue® brands, Quidel's products aid in the detection and diagnosis of many critical diseases and conditions, including, among others, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, Strep A, herpes, pregnancy, thyroid disease and fecal occult blood. Quidel's research and development engine is also developing a continuum of diagnostic solutions from advanced lateral-flow and direct fluorescent antibody to molecular diagnostic tests to further improve the quality of healthcare in physicians' offices and hospital and reference laboratories. For more information about Quidel's comprehensive product portfolio, visit www.quidel.com and Diagnostic Hybrids at www.dhiusa.com.
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