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Inverness Medical acquires Biosite to expand drugs of abuse testing folio

Inverness Medical Innovations : 11 March, 2008  (Company News)
Inverness Medical is expanding the company’s drugs of abuse range with the acquisition of Biosite.
Inverness Medical already offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of drugs of abuse tests available and the acquisition of Biosite combines two best-in-class organisations to create a leader in point-of-care diagnostics.

Biosite’s Triage 8 and Triage TOX DS join Inverness Medical’s SureStep Drug Screen Tests in the drugs of abuse test range.

SureStep Drug Screen Tests feature single and multiple panel urine cassette tests which can test up to nine drugs of abuse simultaneously, using innovative lateral flow chromatographic immunoassay technology. The SureStep Drug Screen Tests deliver rapid, accurate and reliable results in urine samples in as little as five minutes.

The Biosite portfolio contains two distinctly different forms of testing, specifically designed to cover a multitude of locations and situations.

The Biosite Triage 8 test panel is designed to screen for up to eight classes of the most commonly abused drugs. The kit provides easy to interpret, visual results in 15 minutes and because of its flexibility is ideal for use in occupational health screening, criminal justice systems and situations where laboratory services may be unavailable.

The Biosite Triage TOX Drug Screen (DS) Meter is a portable fluorometer that uses cartridges designed to perform specific diagnostic assays using patient samples. Triage Meter Platforms are used at over 6000 healthcare sites worldwide. Triage MeterPro is designed to provide diagnostic results quickly and easily, in a printed format and results are highlighted when they are above the cut-off. With the Triage Census software, the data can be automatically sent to a local computer and/or uploaded to a Laboratory Information System (LIS). Results are automatically displayed as ‘POS’ or ‘NEG’. The Triage TOX DS can be used at point of care to screen for 11 drugs and provides results in less than 15 minutes.

With 200 million people worldwide aged 15-64 having used an illicit drug at least once, there is a real demand for effective rapid testing to provide accurate information for effective decision making.
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