FDA clearance obtained through partnership with Grifols to support alpha risk screening1– Antripsyn (Alpha-1) deficiency in the US adult population
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Nov. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSUR), a global leader in point-of-care and home specimen collection and diagnostic testing technologies, announced today that the company received US FDA clearance for its ORAcollect®•Dx saliva collection device for over-the-counter (ie direct-to-consumer) use. The device had previously been cleared for prescription use by the FDA. ORAcollect®•Dx joins the Oragene®•Dx product line that previously received FDA blanket clearance for prescription and over-the-counter use. This new designation now allows ORAcollect®•Dx devices to be used by OraSure’s commercial partners and legally marketed with their therapeutics or devices in conjunction with their intended product use. The ORAcollect®•Dx and Oragene®•Dx devices are designed to be used by an adult at home, without the advice of a healthcare professional.
OraSure has received this designation through its partnership with Grifols to support screening for alpha1-antitrypsin (alpha-1) deficiency in individuals who may be at risk for alpha-1. Alpha-1 increases the risk of lung disorders in patients and it is estimated that approximately 3% of COPD patients have alpha-1. Starting Q2 2023, Grifols will offer the free AlphaID™ At Home Genetic Health Risk service, supporting alpha-1 screening, which uses the ORAcollect®•Dx device to help identify those at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control, COPD affects more than 15 million people in the United States.
“This clearance represents a major milestone for OraSure as we work collaboratively with our business partners to increase access to healthcare,” said Kathleen Weber, President of Molecular Solutions for OraSure Technologies. “With the movement towards precision medicine, we increasingly see the need for genetic testing to support FDA-approved therapies as drugs become more specialized for targeted patient populations. This expanded designation now allows us to better support our customers and expands the potential for future indications with the ORAcollect®•Dx device.
“We look forward to working with an experienced partner like OraSure to expand access to alpha-1 testing and awareness,” said Antonio Martínez, president of Grifols Diagnostics.
About Genotek DNA
DNA Genotek Inc., a subsidiary of OraSure Technologies, Inc., is focused on providing high quality biological sample collection products and end-to-end services for human genomics and microbiome applications. The Company’s Oragene®•Dx and ORAcollect®•Dx product lines are the first and only FDA 510(k)-cleared saliva-based DNA collection devices for in vitro diagnostic use. DNA Genotek also offers research-only products for collecting and storing large amounts of DNA or RNA from several sample types. DNA Genotek markets its products worldwide and has a global customer base with thousands of customers in over 100 countries. For more information about DNA Genotek, visit www.dnagenotek.com.
About OraSure Technologies
OraSure Technologies enables the global community to improve health and well-being by providing access to accurate and essential information. OraSure, with its wholly owned subsidiaries, DNA Genotek, Diversigen and Novosanis, provides its customers with end-to-end solutions that encompass tools, services and diagnostics. The OraSure family of companies is a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of rapid diagnostic tests, sample collection and stabilization devices and molecular service solutions designed to discover and detect critical medical conditions. OraSure’s product portfolio is sold worldwide to clinical laboratories, hospitals, medical practices, clinics, public health and community organizations, research institutes, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, commercial entities and directly to consumers. For more information about OraSure Technologies, please visit www.orasure.com.
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