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Leveraging Testing Technology To Identify MRSA, C. Difficile

CEO SUMMARY: Probably the most challenging infections for hospitals to control and reduce are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. diff). The laboratory at one New York hospital introduced algorithms to screen for the presence of each i…

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TriCore Lab Adds Value with Consults, Better TAT

CEO SUMMARY: Motivated by the goal of delivering more value to clinicians and client hospitals, the lab team at TriCore Reference Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is proactively introducing new services. One such initiative is to travel to hospitals to participate in rounds and co…

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“Liked the Product–Bought the Company,” BD Acquires HandyLab and Jaguar System

IT WAS 1979 WHEN VICTOR KIAM jump-started sales of Remington electric razors with his classic, witty ad campaign, “I liked the product so much, I bought the company!” Now the same thing is happening with a benchtop-sized automated system for molecular PCR testing. In this case, it is Bec…

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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 re…

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Competition in Rapid Tests Means Value to Labs

CEO SUMMARY: One of the hottest market segments in in vitro diagnostics (IVD) is rapid testing. However, because labs now often have multiple choices when selecting a rapid test, IVD manufacturers recognize the need to differentiate their products by adding additional features an…

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Bill Bonello Sees Opportunities In Diagnostic Services Companies

CEO SUMMARY: With the clinical laboratory industry now enjoying growing interest by professional investors, THE DARK REPORT traveled to New York City to meet with financial analyst William B. Bonello, of U S Bancorp Piper Jaffray. Bonello co-authored a just-released overview of what he ca…

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Court Rules Against Roche In PCR/Taq Patent Dispute

DECEMBER 7, 1999 WAS NOT an auspicious day for Hoffmann-LaRoche. One of its patents related to the PCR testing process was ruled invalid by a Federal District Court. The ruling involved Roche’s ’818 Taq patent, an enzyme used in the PCR process. The Court found that the patent h…

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Reference Labs Intensify Battle for Send-Out Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Expect a battle royale for hospital reference and esoteric testing by the handful of labs that offer such testing to hospitals throughout the country. With the merger of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories now a fact, competitors are al…

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“State of Lab Industry” Reveals Radical Change

CEO SUMMARY: Pick your trend: declining reimbursement, consolidation, clinical integration, downsizing, and capitated reimbursement. These trends all continued to shape the way laboratories organized to provide services. But 1997’s wildcard was the federal government. Between investigat…

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LabCorp Hosts DARK REPORT For Burlington Site Visit

CEO SUMMARY: During the years of sustained bad financial news that dogged the major laboratories, there was a reluctance to speak publicly about any aspect of the laboratory business. That era seems to be ending, as LabCorp and the other national laboratories become friendlier and more ac…

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