Issue: Volume XVI No. 8 - June 8, 2009

CDC, Public Health Labs Added Flu Test Capacity

CEO SUMMARY: Discovery of the A/H1N1 strain of influenza made it imperative that public health laboratories in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and other countries have more molecular testing capacity and capabilities in support of efforts to track and control the outbreak. Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies Corporation, stepped into the breach, upgrading …

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35 Firms Get FDA Warning Letters Regarding Various Swine Flu Claims

THREE COMPANIES ADVERTISING laboratory tests for swine flu A/H1N1 were among those firms targeted for warning letters by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month. Between May 4 and May 29, the FDA sent warning letters to 35 companies. The warning letter typically noted that the FDA had reviewed each company’s Website and had …

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Accreditation with DNV Helps Hospital Raise Inpatient Volume

CEO SUMMARY: In Utica, New York, 201-bed St. Elizabeth Medical Center was the first hospital in New York State and one of the first five hospitals nationwide to meet the new accreditation standard from DNV Healthcare, of Cincinnati, Ohio. St. Elizabeth administrators credit use of this new accreditation process in helping the hospital improve efficiency, …

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Mickey Mouse to Educate Kids About Allergy Lab Test Options

THIS MAY BE A FIRST IN LABORATORY TEST SALES AND MARKETING! Mickey Mouse will star in a new children’s book designed to educate children and parents about diagnosis and management of allergies. This unique marketing campaign is the brainchild of Siemens Healthcare and Walt Disney Corporation. The book is called Mickey and the Giant Kachoo! …

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Influenza A Test Is a Help When Screening for H1N1

CEO SUMMARY: Viracor Laboratories is preparing to handle expanded volumes of influenza testing prior to the start of the next flu season. It will use added instrumentation and expanded working hours to expand capacity. Another strategy is to use influenza A testing as a way to reduce the overall number of influenza specimens that might …

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June 08, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Earlier this spring, El Camino Hospital of Mountain View, California, announced the launch of what it calls the “Genetic Medicine Institute (GMI).” It claims it is the first hospital in the United States to “integrate genomic medicine into healthcare delivery.” El Camino will use the institute to deliver information and counseling services to physicians and …

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