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Salt Lake City – BioFire Diagnostics, LLC today has submitted the FilmArray Gastrointestinal (GI) Panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 510(k) clearance. The panel tests for more than 20 common bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause infectious diarrhea.
The submission of the FilmArray GI Panel comes after the successful completion of a clinical study that included more than 1,500 prospective samples. The study was conducted at several hospital-based clinical laboratories in the US. BioFire anticipates commercial release of the FilmArray GI Panel in early summer 2014, pending FDA clearance. Concurrently, the FilmArray GI Panel will receive CE marking.
Despite advances in food safety, sanitation and medical treatment, infectious gastroenteritis remains a significant problem in industrialized countries among all age groups. In the United States, around 76 million cases of foodborne disease – resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths – are estimated to occur each year.
Current diagnostic practice requires choosing amongst multiple tests that can be laborious to perform and do not cover the breadth of pathogens that cause gastrointestinal illness. These tests are often carried out in a stepwise fashion and the process can take too long to aid in timely pathogen-specific treatment decisions. Unlike open-platform testing that leaves labs vulnerable to cross-contamination, the FilmArray is a closed-system that integrates sample preparation, amplification and detection.
“We are thrilled to submit our GI Panel to the FDA and believe that this panel will deliver the rapid, comprehensive results that our customers need to aid in timely diagnosis of infectious diarrhea,” said Randy Rasmussen, CEO of BioFire Diagnostics.