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Roche Gets Food and Drug Administration OK for Improved HIV Test

April 11, 2003

Swiss manufacturer Roche Holding AG said Friday the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared an improved test to measure viral levels in the blood of HIV/AIDS patients. The test is designed to amplify and detect genetic material, allowing for the accurate measurement of even small amounts of virus. "The Cobas Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Test (version 1.5) will allow laboratories to delivery quality HIV viral load tests in a shorter time, thanks to cutting edge automation," said Heino von Prondzynski, head of Roche Diagnostics.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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