BioReference Laboratories de OPKO Health lanza una prueba múltiplex para detectar COVID-19 e influenza A y B

New offering identifies COVID-19 and Influenza infections with a single sample

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., 20 de octubre de 2020 – BioReference Laboratories, Inc., an OPKO Health company (NASDAQ:OPK), is now accepting specimens for a new multiplex COVID-19 and influenza test for use by healthcare providers, clinics and health systems throughout the United States, to aid in the diagnosis of COVID-19 and Influenza A or B (flu).

Differentiating COVID-19 and Influenza A or B infection(s) is especially important, as symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal respiratory infections can be similar. BioReference offers a multiplex test for COVID-19 and Influenza A and B, using a single sample. Esto permite hacer más diagnósticos rápidos, conservar importantes suministros de pruebas y proporcionar controles para la gripe y la COVID-19. Identifying the correct infectious agent, especially in high-risk populations, will allow for early treatment and appropriate management.

The multiplex test may be performed on healthcare provider-collected nasal and nasopharyngeal swab specimens, and self-collected nasal swab specimens collected in a healthcare setting supervised by a healthcare provider. 

“As cases of COVID-19 rise, arming healthcare professionals with reliable laboratory solutions to help achieve an accurate diagnosis is imperative in limiting the spread of the virus,” said Jon R. Cohen, M.D., Executive Chairman of BioReference Laboratories. “Patient care is at the center of our test offering and this multiplex test allows for healthcare providers to differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza by swabbing a patient one time.”

Specimens from patients to identify COVID-19 disease will not be obtained at BioReference Patient Service Centers; they will be collected at physician offices, hospitals or other clinic settings.

Información acerca de BioReference Laboratories, Inc.

BioReference provides comprehensive testing to physicians, clinics, hospitals, employers, government units, correctional institutions and medical groups.  BioReference has been working expeditiously to develop and offer test services that will yield high quality and accurate results, including a molecular test for helping with COVID-19 diagnosis and a serology test to help indicate possible COVID-19 exposure. The company is in network with the five largest health plans in the United States, operates a network of 11 laboratory locations, and is backed by a medical staff of more than 120 M.D., Ph.D. and other professional level clinicians and scientists.  With a leading position in the areas of genetics, women’s health, maternal fetal medicine, oncology and urology, BioReference and its specialty laboratories, GenPath and GeneDx, are advancing the course of modern medicine.  For more information, visit www.bioreference.com.

Información acerca de OPKO Health, Inc.

OPKO is a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets by leveraging its discovery, development, and commercialization expertise and novel and proprietary technologies. Para obtener más información, visite www.opko.com.

Advertencia respecto de declaraciones con perspectivas de futuro

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA), which statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “plans,” “projects,” “will,” “may,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “should,” “intends,” “estimates,” and other words of similar meaning, including statements regarding BioReference’s multiplex COVID-19 and influenza test, the ability of the test to rapidly and accurately identify the correct infectious agent, and the role and value of the information provided and its impact on early treatment and appropriate management.  Many factors could cause our actual activities or results to differ materially from the activities and results anticipated in forward-looking statements. Estos factores incluyen aquellos descritos en los informes anuales de OPKO Health, Inc. los informes anuales del formulario 10-K de OPKO Health, Inc. presentados y a presentarse ante la Comisión de Bolsa y Valores y en otras presentaciones nuestras ante la Comisión de Bolsa y Valores. Además, las declaraciones con perspectivas de futuro también pueden verse afectadas de manera adversa por factores generales del mercado, desarrollo de productos de la competencia, disponibilidad de productos, normas y leyes federales y estatales, el proceso regulatorio de nuevos productos e indicaciones, problemas de fabricación que puedan surgir, posiciones de patentes y litigios, entre otros factores. Las proyecciones que contiene este comunicado de prensa solo expresan la situación a la fecha en que se realizaron, y no asumimos obligación alguna de actualizar las proyecciones. Tenemos la intención de que todas las declaraciones con perspectivas de futuro estén sujetas a las disposiciones de puerto seguro de la ley PSLRA.

Media contact for BioReference Laboratories:
Hillary Titus, htitus@bioreference.com

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