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Meretek Diagnostics Announces BreathTek(TM) Testing Services Agreement With Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML)


4/3/2007 11:29:10 AM

LAFAYETTE, Colo., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Meretek Diagnostics, manufacturer of the BreathTek(TM) UBT urea breath test for the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), has signed a testing services agreement with Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) of Spokane, Wash., the largest independent laboratory in the Northwest.

Under terms of the agreement, PAML will provide testing services for Meretek's BreathTek UBT urea breath test. BreathTek UBT is a simple, non-radioactive, non-invasive, 95 percent sensitive and specific solution to diagnose and monitor treatment of active H. pylori infection, the leading cause of peptic ulcers.

"We were impressed with PAML's commitment to excellence and reputation as an industry leader," said Meretek President and Chief Executive Officer, Ryuichi Kishigami. "When it came to finding a reference lab to support testing for our products in this region, the choice was clear."

PAML operates a state-of-the-art, full-service reference laboratory and maintains other laboratory operations throughout the western U.S. The laboratory delivers a wide range of testing services to more than 90 hospitals in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, California, Utah and Alaska.

The BreathTek UBT is the only breath test for H. pylori that is FDA-cleared to confirm that a patient is cured after undergoing antibiotic therapy. Approximately 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. is infected with H. pylori. One in ten Americans may develop a peptic ulcer over their lifetime. Eighty to 90 percent of peptic ulcers are caused by an H. pylori infection.

Meretek products also include the UBiT(R)-IR 300 infrared spectrophotometer and POCone(TM) infrared spectrophotometer. For a complete listing of features and benefits of the BreathTek(TM) UBT, visit www.meretek.com/physician_testing.asp.

About PAML

Located in Spokane, Wash., Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) is the largest independent laboratory in the Northwest. Recognized as a national leader in the area of hospital partnering and laboratory joint ventures, PAML operates a state-of-the-art, full-service reference laboratory and maintains other laboratory operations throughout the western United States. PAML is a division of Bourget Health Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Sacred Heart Medical Center. For more information, visit www.paml.com or call 509-755-8600.

About Meretek Diagnostics

Located in Lafayette, Colo., Meretek Diagnostics, Inc. is a subsidiary of Otsuka America, a healthcare company engaged in the development of advanced, non-invasive, non-radioactive breath tests and instrumentation. Meretek was founded in 1993 by a group from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The company holds exclusive licenses to patents involving the (13)C urea breath test technologies, and all of the their products are approved by the FDA.

For more information about Meretek Diagnostics, Inc. and the company's products, including prescribing information, warnings and limitations, visit the Meretek Web site at www.meretek.com.

Meretek Diagnostics, Inc.

CONTACT: Dan Snyders of Armada Medical Marketing, +1-303-623-1190, ext.230, dan@armadamedical.com, for Meretek Diagnostics, Inc.



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