FDA grants EUA for Longhorn Influenza A/H1N1-09 Prime RRT-PCR Assay in CLIA high complexity laboratories

Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics today announced it has been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Longhorn Influenza A/H1N1-09 Prime RRT-PCR Assay™ in CLIA high complexity laboratories. . The Longhorn Influenza A/H1N1-09 Prime RRT-PCR Assay™ is a ready-use assay that requires no mixing prior to use and has been authorized for use on the ABI 7500.  The device includes PrimeStore MTM, a clinical collection and transport solution that preserves the released nucleic acids, including labile RNA for testing and contains an internal positive control, providing the first specimen collection solution to contain an internal RNA control capable of tracking the degradation of the sample from the point of collection.

"Sample integrity, and the ease and economy of transporting collected samples are key components to testing during outbreaks," said Gerald Fischer, MD, Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics' Chief Executive Officer. "An infectious disease physician and a molecular biologist designed The Longhorn Influenza A/H1N1-09 Prime RRT-PCR Assay™ to generate rapid, high quality PCR results, in as little as two hours while improving safety, and reducing laboratory preparation time."

2009 H1N1 is a new influenza virus that was detected in the United States in April 2009. As such, children and younger adults are less likely than older people to have immunity to this virus, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In June 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the spread of the novel 2009 H1N1 virus had reached pandemic phase 6, the highest level of pandemic alert designated by the organization.

"Influenza-like-illness puts a significant strain on Emergency Departments during the standard Influenza season.  The atypical epidemiology of H1N1-09 has magnified the impact on healthcare systems around the world.  The principal morbidity and mortality of H1N1-09 was in young, previously healthy patients who accessed the system in large numbers.  We were quite fortunate this time around that it came early, during relatively mild weather.  Having access to reliable, rapid testing will significantly improve the quality and timeliness of care we can provide -- in both hospital/ED, and community health settings," stated international health expert, R. Scott Altman MD, MPH, MBA, FACEP, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Longhorn Vaccines and Diagnostics will continue the development of the Longhorn Influenza A/H1N1-09 Prime RRT-PCR Assay™ and expects to submit a separate 510(k) in 2010.

SOURCE Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics

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