“January 27, 1997 Intelligence:  Late Breaking Lab News”

Persistence can pay off. After years of struggle, Epitope, Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon received a big “shot inthe arm” when the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported this month on a clinical study involving Epitope’s OraSure HIV test. The study involved 3,570 patients. It matched results of an HIV blood test against the OraSure saliva test. Orasure correctly identified 99.9% of the HIV positive specimens.

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Only one day after JAMA’s publication, the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC announced that it would completely replace traditional blood testing with OraSure on February 1, 1997. The news startled the local AIDS community, because Whitman-Walker treats two out of three people with AIDS in the Washington metropolitan area.

CALIF. PHLEBOTOMIST INDUCEMENT UPDATE

Although the state of California considers the placement of a phlebotomist in a physician’s office to be an inducement under state law, laboratories in that state have been slow to stop the practice. THE DARK REPORT has learned that larger laboratories in the state have quietly begun to pull phlebotomists out of some doctor’s offices. The motive is to save money. It is done discreetly, because each lab wants to prevent competitors from taking advantage of the change in service to the affected client.

Demonstrating again that information is a managed care essential, Impath Inc. of New York City announced an agreement with privately held Medical Registry Services, Inc. The two companies intend to co-develop a software product that would enable oncologists and pathologists to identify and select the optimal treatment pathway for cancer patients.

One small niche laboratory earned positive recognition this month. The Red Chip
Review
, a prestigious research company specializing in small and micro cap companies, initiated coverage of Laboratory Specialists of America (LSA), located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A SAMSA-certified lab, LSA specializes in drugs of abuse testing and has done several profitable acquisitions during the last 18 months.

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