Siemens Adds New VERSANT kPCR HCV Assay to Menu of Diagnostic Solutions for Liver Disease Management
The Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics VERSANT® HCV RNA 1.0 Assay is now CE-marked for use on the company’s VERSANT kPCR Molecular System, giving laboratories in Europe and Australia access to a new test to aid in the management of individuals infected with hepatitis C (HCV) who are undergoing antiviral therapy.1,2 This new, highly sensitive automated viral load assay is an important addition to the company’s portfolio of diagnostic solutions for managing patients with liver disease, which includes routine chemistry tests, hepatitis serology tests, viral load testing and ultrasound systems.
HCV infection is one of the main causes of chronic liver disease worldwide.3 Fortunately, with detection and appropriate therapy, the majority of HCV-infected individuals can be cured. The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) recommends response guided therapy for HCV, which includes the monitoring of treatment efficacy using a real-time PCR-based assay, with a lower limit of detection of 10-20 IU/ml. The VERSANT HCV RNA 1.0 Assay, which has a limit of detection of 15 IU/ml, provides outstanding precision across the dynamic range and 100 percent specificity. Additionally, the assay features technology that is compatible with all HCV genotypes, providing clinicians the information that they need to manage patient therapy.
For more information about the VERSANT HCV RNA 1.0 Assay, please visit: www.siemens.com/molecular.
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1The products/features (mentioned herein) are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons, their future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.
2Not available for sale in the U.S.
3Lavanchy D. The global burden of hepatitis C. Liver Int 2009; 29:74-81