HALIFAX, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MedMira Inc., ("MedMira")
(TSX Venture: MIR, NASDAQ: MMIRF) a global market leader in premium rapid
diagnostic solutions, announced today that it has received United States
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Reveal(R) G3 Rapid
HIV-1 Antibody Test (Reveal G3). Reveal G3, which delivers test results in
less than three minutes, is the third generation in the Reveal line of
rapid HIV tests. Previous versions of the product were approved by the FDA
in 2003 and 2004.
Reveal G3 includes the addition of MedMira's InstantGold(TM) Cap which
replaces the colorimetric detection agent used to visualize results on the
test cartridge. This advancement eliminates the need for reconstitution and
refrigeration of the colorimetric detection agent, improving the product's
overall ease-of-use. MedMira now offers Reveal G3 in a box of 30, a new
size format designed to maximize efficiency of all components included in
the test package.
"We are very pleased to receive approval on the third generation of
Reveal, which brings to market key advancements that will drive further
adoption of rapid HIV testing in point of care settings," said Hermes Chan,
President & CEO, MedMira Inc. "HIV continues to be one of the greatest
health challenges in the US and the healthcare system is taking steps to
address the control and prevention of this epidemic."
On September 21st, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
(CDC) announced new recommendations on routine HIV testing for everyone 13
to 64 years of age. As this latest initiative takes hold in the healthcare
system, MedMira anticipates continued growth in the rapid testing sector.
The CDC estimates that there are over 250,000 HIV-positive people in the US
who are unaware of their status. The recent CDC recommendations also
include enhanced screening of pregnant women to decrease the rate of
mother-to-child transmission. Key applications for MedMira's Reveal G3 test
include Labor & Delivery, Occupational Exposures, and Emergency
Departments. MedMira's Reveal tests have ranked as a leading choice in
rapid HIV tests for US hospitals and laboratories over the past several
MedMira is a leading developer and manufacturer of flow-through rapid
diagnostics. The company's tests provide hospitals, labs, clinics and
individuals around the world with reliable, rapid diagnosis for diseases
such as HIV and hepatitis C in just three minutes. The company's tests are
sold under the Reveal(R), MiraWell(R), MiraCare(TM) and Multiplo(TM) brands
in global markets. MedMira's rapid HIV test is the only one in the world to
achieve regulatory approvals in Canada, the United States, China and the
The company's corporate offices and manufacturing facilities are
located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a representative office in
China. For more information visit MedMira's website at www.medmira.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements, which involve
risk and uncertainties and reflect the company's current expectation
regarding future events. Actual events could materially differ from those
projected herein and depend on a number of factors including, but not
limited to, changing market conditions, successful and timely completion of
clinical studies, uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process,
establishment of corporate alliances and other risks detailed from time to
time in the company quarterly filings.
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SOURCE MEDMIRA INC.