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Waiver Improves Quick Hep C Test Accessibility

December 5, 2011

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OraSure’s rapid Hepatitis C blood test can turn out results in just 20 minutes – a convenience that has earned it a waiver to increase its availability.

OraSure Technologies Inc. receives approval to expand use of rapid hepatitis C test

Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

OraSure Technologies Inc. has received a federal waiver that expands access of its rapid hepatitis C test to include doctors offices, clinics and community-based organizations.
Shares rallied 9 percent on the news.

OraSure estimates an additional 180,000 sites nationwide will be able to administer the test, which detects hepatitis C antibodies in about 20 minutes through the company’s OraQuick device.

The test works via finger-stick or on whole blood samples. The Bethlehem diagnostics company makes a similar device to detect HIV.

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