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MedTest Announces Availability of a Hydrocodone Assay for Urine Drug Screening

Jun 1, 2016 - press releases

(Canton, Michigan)  MedTest announced today the availability of a hydrocodone assay for use as an open-channel reagent or for use on the BS-200 and BS-480 Chemistry Analyzers for urine drug screening.  The addition of hydrocodone broadens MedTest’s menu of urine drug screening reagents already available. 

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from codeine and thebaine. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain and to treat a cough. Hydrocodone is prescribed predominantly in the United States. Commercial Hydrocodone preparations are often combined with another medication to increase efficacy and reduce adverse effects. It is available as combination drugs with Acetaminophen such as Vicodin and Lortab, Ibuprofen (Vicoprofen) and antihistamines (Hyconine).  In recent years, an increase in the abuse of the prescription pain management drugs Hydrocodone and Hydromorphone has been observed. Hydrocodone is rapidly metabolized to Hydromorphone and its glucuronide, and can be found in human urine for up to 2-3 days.

Hanjoon Ryu, CEO of MedTest, stated: “Hydrocodone is rapidly metabolized to hydromorphone and its glucuronide.  Since it does not metabolize into morphine, standard opiate testing reagents will not detect its presence.  Physicians request the hydrocodone test to effectively manage their patients and insure that they are getting a total picture of the patient’s medication status.  Adding hydrocodone to our broad menu of urine drugs of abuse reagents is of value to the physician.”

About MedTest:  MedTest is a diagnostics company that provides automated, fast, and cost effective blood and urine testing solutions for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, drugs of abuse, pain management and wellness testing.  In June 2013, MedTest acquired Pointe Scientific, a company that has been developing, manufacturing and distributing clinical diagnostic products including clinical chemistry reagents and instruments in the United States and internationally since 1981.  In the fall of 2014, MedTest acquired Clinitox Diagnostix, a company that manufactures and supports drug confirmatory testing via Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS).

For additional information:

MedTest
Debbie Whitehair, MT(ASCP)SC
Vice President, Marketing
484.748.1603
dwhitehair@medtest.com
www.medtest.com

 

PR-D2111-01   04/16

MedTest Announces Availability of a 25-OH Vitamin D Assay for the BS-480 Chemistry Analyzer

Apr 21, 2016 - press releases

(Canton, Michigan)  MedTest announced today the availability of a 25-OH Vitamin D Assay for the BS-480 Chemistry Analyzer.  MedTest is the exclusive US distributor of the BS-480 Chemistry Analyzer including manufacturing and distribution of reagents, calibrators and quality control products for the general chemistry and drugs of abuse testing markets in the United States and Canada.  Addition of a Vitamin D assay to the BS-480 Analyzer broadens the extensive menu with drugs of abuse reagents for urine drug screening, a full menu of chemistry tests and specialty tests like HbA1c and Lp(a).

The Vitamin D assay is simple to add and simple to run on the BS-480 analyzer.  Reagents are liquid, ready to use. Total automation eliminates manual sample pretreatment steps.  Results from serum, heparinized plasma or EDTA plasma samples are available in 20 minutes.  The assay offers a broad assay range of 7.6 – 147.8 ng/mL.

Hanjoon Ryu, CEO of MedTest, stated: “Historically, Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with bone diseases such as rickets and osteomalacia. Recent clinical studies suggest that Vitamin D deficiency is also associated with increases in cardiovascular disease, cancer and infection.  Measurement of 25-OH Vitamin D is necessary for aiding correct interpretations of a patient’s status and enables physicians to intervene to minimize these diseases. The addition of the 25-OH Vitamin D Assay to our BS-480 analyzer allows physicians and laboratories to easily offer this test without having to purchase a dedicated analyzer thereby increasing their productivity and utility of a general chemistry analyzer.”

About MedTest:  MedTest is a diagnostics company that provides automated, fast, and cost effective blood and urine testing solutions for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, drugs of abuse, pain management and wellness testing.  In June 2013, MedTest acquired Pointe Scientific, a company that has been developing, manufacturing and distributing clinical diagnostic products including clinical chemistry reagents and instruments in the United States and internationally since 1981.  In the fall of 2014, MedTest acquired Clinitox Diagnostix, a company that manufactures and supports drug confirmatory testing via Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS).

For additional information:

MedTest
Debbie Whitehair, MT(ASCP)SC
Vice President, Marketing
484.748.1603
dwhitehair@medtest.com
www.medtest.com

 

PR-M3111-05   04/16

MedTest Announces Chemistry Instrument Acquisition Program for 2nd Quarter

Apr 5, 2016 - press releases

(Canton, Michigan)  MedTest announces a commercial program for chemistry instrument acquisitions in the 2nd quarter (April – June, 2016).  Customers have asked for assistance in acquiring new technology as they face decreasing reimbursement and aging instrumentation.

 

MedTest’s Got It

Need a robust floor-model chemistry analyzer with the latest technology at a bench-top analyzer price?

Need a robust bench-top analyzer at a POC device price?

Need 5 years of free service?

MedTest’s Got It.  Call Us.

 

MedTest is the exclusive US distributor of the bench-top BS-200 and floor-model BS-480 Chemistry Analyzers. MedTest manufactures and distributes reagents, calibrators and quality control products for the general chemistry, special chemistry and drugs of abuse testing markets.  These analyzers have best-in-class reliability, are easy to operate and require minimal operator time for maintenance procedures. 

 

Hanjoon Ryu, CEO of MedTest, stated:  “Today’s laboratory leaders are faced with aging equipment, reduced capital budgets, reduction in reimbursements and shortages in qualified laboratory staff.  Our customers deserve an integrated provider who can help them meet these challenges by offering state-of-the-art instruments with expanding test menus at “never seen before” acquisition programs that will demonstrate economic advantages to the bottom line.  MedTest is committed to providing superior price assurance and service assurance to our customers.”

 

About MedTest:  MedTest is a diagnostics company that provides automated, fast, and cost effective blood and urine testing solutions for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, drugs of abuse, pain management and wellness testing.  In June 2013, MedTest acquired Pointe Scientific, a US-based company that has been developing, manufacturing and distributing clinical diagnostic products including clinical chemistry reagents and instruments in the United States and internationally since 1981.  In the fall of 2014, MedTest acquired Clinitox Diagnostix, a company that manufactures and supports drug confirmatory testing via Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS).

 

For additional information:

MedTest
Debbie Whitehair, MT(ASCP)SC
Vice President, Marketing
484.748.1603
dwhitehair@medtest.com
www.medtest.com

 

PR-M3111-05   04/16

MedTest announces the US Commercial Launch of their Direct Hemoglobin A1c, Homocysteine, and Lipoprotein (a) “Lp(a)” Reagents for the Mindray™ BS-480 Chemistry Analyzer

Mar 21, 2016 - press releases

(Canton, Michigan)  MedTest announces the commercial launch of their Direct Hemoglobin A1c, Homocysteine, and Lipoprotein (a) reagents for the Mindray BS-480 Chemistry Analyzer for use in clinical laboratories in the United States and Canada.  The Mindray BS-480 Analyzer meets the testing needs of mid-volume laboratories, while offering state-of-the-art features commonly found on large volume analyzers.

MedTest is the exclusive US distributor of the Mindray BS-480 Chemistry Analyzer, which is part of the MedTest 480 Ensemble that includes the manufacturing and distribution of reagents, calibrators, and quality control products for the general chemistry and drugs of abuse testing markets.  The full menu includes drugs of abuse reagents for urine drug screening, and a full menu of chemistry tests including specialty tests like Hemoglobin A1c and Lipoprotein (a).  The new reagents are manufactured specifically for the Mindray BS-480 Analyzer and are provided in barcoded containers for ease of use. 

Hanjoon Ryu, CEO of MedTest, stated: “MedTest is committed to test menu expansion on the Mindray BS-480 Analyzer.  Our customers deserve an integrated service provider who offers innovative instruments with expanding test menus, superior customer support and recognized economic advantages.  Partnered with the Mindray bench-top BS-200 Chemistry Analyzer, the Mindray BS-480 Analyzer enables MedTest to offer a unique testing solution for the Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) in the United States.  Our solution will provide commutable testing results between the core laboratory and satellite laboratory.”

About MedTest:  MedTest is a diagnostics company that provides automated, fast, and cost effective blood and urine testing solutions for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, drugs of abuse, pain management and wellness testing.  In June 2013, MedTest acquired Pointe Scientific, a US-based company that has been developing, manufacturing and distributing clinical diagnostic products including clinical chemistry reagents and instruments in the United States and internationally since 1981.  In the fall of 2014, MedTest acquired Clinitox Diagnostix, a company that manufactures and supports drug confirmatory testing via Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS).

For additional information:

MedTest
Debbie Whitehair, MT(ASCP)SC
Vice President, Marketing
484.748.1603
dwhitehair@medtest.com
www.medtest.com

PR-M3111-03   03/16

Mindray and MedTest announce FDA 510(k) Clearance for the BC-3600 Hematology Analyzer

Sep 15, 2015 - press releases

(Mahwah, New Jersey & Canton, Michigan) Mindray announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market and sell the new Mindray BC-3600 Auto Hematology Analyzer. The Mindray BC-3600 Analyzer meets the testing needs of small and mid-volume hematology laboratories while offering stateof-the-art features commonly found on large volume analyzers.

The BC-3600 Hematology Analyzer features closed-tube sampling via a single push button. The large 10.4 inch color touchscreen allows maximum visibility from all angles. Hemoglobin analysis is performed using cyanide-free reagents. The analyzer processes up to 60 samples per hour and stores up to 40,000 results with histograms. The barcode reader and optional LIS connectivity enables seamless sample data transmission. Nearly all scheduled maintenance procedures are
automated by touch buttons. The intuitive software enhances workflow efficiency and offers the operator a pleasant user experience.

Caroline Li, General Manager of Mindray IVD North America, stated: “We are excited to launch the BC-3600 Hematology Analyzer into the United States laboratory market. Mindray enjoys satisfied customer experiences with this analyzer outside of the US and looks forward to adding US customers to our installed base. As Mindray has grown rapidly in global markets, the commercialization of the BC-3600 Hematology Analyzer further enhances our presence in the US in-vitro diagnostic
market enabling us to continue to introduce new and innovative products for the clinical laboratory in the future.”

MedTest is the exclusive primary distributor of the BC-3600 Hematology Analyzer in the US and Canada. Hanjoon Ryu, CEO of MedTest, stated: “Low and Mid-volume laboratories desire a provider who offers innovative instruments with proven quality reagents, superior customer support and recognized economic advantages across multiple laboratory disciplines. Partnered with the bench-top BS-200 Chemistry Analyzer or the BS-480 Chemistry Analyzer, the addition of the
BC-3600 Hematology Analyzer enables MedTest to offer a total testing solution that meets the requirements of both the hematology and chemistry laboratories. We are delighted to share this announcement with our strategic partner, Mindray.”

About Mindray: Mindray is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices worldwide. Mindray maintains the global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, the U.S. headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey and multiple sales offices in major international markets. From the main manufacturing and engineering base in China, Mindray supplies through our worldwide distribution network a broad range of products across three primary business segments, namely
patient monitoring and life support, in-vitro diagnostic, and medical imaging systems.

About MedTest: MedTest is a diagnostics company that provides automated, fast, and cost effective blood and urine testing solutions for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, drugs of abuse, pain management and wellness testing. In June 2013, MedTest acquired Pointe Scientific, a company that has been developing, manufacturing and distributing clinical diagnostic products including clinical chemistry reagents and instruments in the United States and internationally since 1981. In the fall of 2014, MedTest acquired Clinitox Diagnostix, a company that manufactures and supports drug confirmatory testing via Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS).

For additional information:

MedTest Mindray
Debbie Whitehair, MT(ASCP)SC Caroline Li 
Vice President, Marketing General Manager of  Mindray IVD North America
484.748.1603 800.288.2121 Ext. 2152
dwhitehair@medtest.com c.li@mindray.com
www.medtest.com www.mindraynorthamerica.com

PR-M1113-01   09/15

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