Abbott Diagnostics seeks FDA approval for vitamin D assay
ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott Diagnostics on Friday announced its filing of a submission for clearance by the Food and Drug Administration for a fully automated vitamin D assay performed on its Architect testing system for use by healthcare professionals.
"Increasing interest in vitamin D is fueling a surge in orders for tests as more healthcare professionals and consumers become aware of the rising prevalence of vitamin D deficiencies in otherwise healthy people and the potential health risks," stated Sudarshan Hebbar, senior medical director of Abbott Diagnostics.
The Architect 25-OH Vitamin D assay is a fully automated immunoassay intended to help laboratories manage their increasing vitamin D testing volumes through the quantitative determination of 25-hydroxy vitamin D in human serum and plasma to aid in the assessment of vitamin D sufficiency.
"Research shows that vitamin D levels are a concern for patients with osteoporosis, chronic kidney disease, malabsorption and anyone with a condition or taking a medication that may impair bone health," said Brian Blaser, SVP at Abbott Diagnostics. "This new fully automated vitamin D assay may help physicians better diagnose and counsel patients with suspected vitamin D deficiency."
Just In Case arriving in Canada’s London Drugs stores
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Canada’s London Drugs on Thursday announced it was picking up distribution of Cana International Distributing’s Just In Case — a fashion-centric compact that bridges beauty and sexual heath.
The JIC compact looks like a mirrored makeup compact and has a hidden compartment to hold condoms, the retailer stated.
"It doesn’t matter how many free condoms are dispersed. If a woman thinks she’ll be judged or embarrassed, she won’t carry them,” stated company co-founder Rachael Sudul. "Remember ‘Sex and the City’ when Carrie drops her purse on the sidewalk and was horrified as condoms spilled out in front of Big? We all collectively reacted and related to that scene."
CDC experts spotlighted in ‘Killer Outbreaks’
ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is participating in a new docudrama that debuts on Animal Planet beginning Friday at 9 p.m., the agency announced earlier this week.
Animal Planet has ordered six episodes of the new series “Killer Outbreaks.” Each episode features potentially deadly viruses and includes commentary from CDC experts and victims of the outbreaks. "Killer Outbreaks" began production in March 2010, and in total, producers interviewed 43 subject matter experts from across the agency.
The show takes what many CDC staff members do for a living and turns it into a thrilling docudrama. In this season, six episodes will cover anthrax, E.coli, hantavirus, rabies, West Nile virus, monkey pox, acinetobacter baumannii, salmonella, valley fever, meningococcal disease, severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
For an episode-by-episode synopsis, click here.