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An article by Helen Fosam, PhD, published in Rheumatology Advisor identifies that Lyme disease can be devastating, particularly in children and young adults, who have been reported to be more at risk. According to the US CDC, at least 300,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year, with the highest infection rates occurring in children aged 5 to 10 years.

 

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18 Jul / 2018

Power Outage

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We have been informed by UK Power Networks that they will be working on overhead power cables in the vicinity of our offices between 08:00am and 11:30am on Wednesday 1st August 2018.

The power supply to our office will be disconnected during this time and this will impact our business operations.

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Results of a four month pilot project by the London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C (LJWG) have found that 53% of patients using pharmacy based needle exchange services tested positive for HCV antibodies when using the OraSure OraQuick Advance HCV Antibody test. Of these 47% were previously unaware that they were HCV antibody positive.

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Based on internal studies by the manufacturer, AlphaTec, validating the stability of the Mycology and Trichomonas Quality Control Slides, an extension of expiration for the following lots has been approved:

Description                                          Product #                   Lot #                Revised Expiration

Mycology QC Slides                              032-65                        035111              30 March 2019

Mycology QC Slides                              032-65                        035557              30 May 2019

Trichomonas QC Slides                        032-68                        035621              30 May 2019

 

Mycology and Trichomonas slides manufactured after May 15, 2018 will have the 18 month shelf life reflected on the product label expiration date.

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NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - has issued Guidance for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

Guidance indicates that if there is clinical suspicion of Lyme disease an ELISA for both IgM and IgG antibodies based on purified or recombinant antigens derived from the VlsE protein or its IR6 domain peptide (such as C6 ELISA).

If the ELISA is positive or equivocal an immunoblot test should be used to confirm the diagnosis of Lyme Disease.

Invitech is the exclusive supplier of the C6 ELISA in the UK and Immunoblot assays in Stripe and Chip formats.

 

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05 Apr / 2018

Message from BioMedica

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As per our previous announcements in December 2016, BioMedica Diagnostics purchased the specialty coagulation business and product line from Sekisui Diagnostics. Our top priority during the transition has been to continue to offer outstanding care and support to our valued customers and partners alike. We have taken the last several months to organize and begin executing an effective integration plan, including seamless incorporation of the specialty coagulation product line into our current operation
 

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