LONDON, Jan. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- LumiraDx (Nasdaq: LMDX), a next-generation point of care diagnostics company, today announced its C-reactive protein (CRP) Test has achieved CE Marking. The LumiraDx CRP Test is a small, portable, fully automated, microfluidic immunoassay test used for the quantitative determination of C-reactive protein with results within four minutes. The measurement of CRP provides important information for the detection and evaluation of infection, and inflammation. In patients with respiratory infection symptoms, especially suspected pneumonia1, significantly high CRP suggests the need for antibiotic treatment, whereas normal or low CRP levels suggest patients have viral or self-limiting infection that does not require antibiotics.
The LumiraDx CRP Test accurately measures direct fingerstick, venous whole blood, and plasma samples within a range of 5.0 - 250.0 mg/L. The assay is run on the LumiraDx Platform, which can be used at the patient side in primary and community care, patient homes and in hospital emergency care settings providing fast, reliable test results for timely decision making.
Clinicians can use the LumiraDx CRP test in the assessment of infection, tissue injury, and inflammatory conditions. Insights from the test can also provide valuable information to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, in an overall effort to fight antimicrobial resistance. In fact, while the consumption of antibiotics in England declined during the pandemic2, recent studies have highlighted high rates of antibiotic prescribing among COVID-19 patients3 illustrating the unnecessary use of antibiotics and fear that antibiotic-resistant infections may return to pre-pandemic levels.2
"Antimicrobial resistance is a growing concern across the globe, and if left unaddressed will lead to a serious public health crisis. While the causes of antimicrobial resistance are complex, growing evidence suggests that improving the clinical diagnosis of respiratory infections in patients is a key component in tackling unnecessary antibiotic prescribing rates," says Professor Jonathan Cooke, visiting Professor in the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. "Having access to rapid CRP-POCT diagnostic tools has been shown to support healthcare providers when making prescribing decisions and helps improve the management of respiratory infections."
Ron Zwanziger, LumiraDx Chairman and CEO explained, "The addition of CRP onto the LumiraDx Platform will be critical this respiratory season to provide clinicians with a variety of tools to aid in the assessment of patients and their need for antibiotic treatment. Including the assay on the LumiraDx platform along with our COVID-19 and Flu A/B tests will enable clinicians to make important treatment decisions at the point of care."
Shipments of the LumiraDx CRP Test will begin shortly. The announcement comes on the heels of the company announcing the CE Mark for the LumiraDx SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A/B Antigen Test just last month.
LumiraDx (Nasdaq: LMDX) is a next-generation point of care diagnostics company that is transforming community-based healthcare. Founded in 2014, LumiraDx manufactures and commercializes an innovative diagnostic Platform that supports a broad menu of tests with lab comparable performance at the point of care. LumiraDx diagnostic testing solutions are being deployed by governments and leading healthcare institutions across laboratories, urgent care, physician offices, pharmacies, schools, and workplaces to screen, diagnose, and monitor wellness as well as disease. LumiraDx has, on the market and in development, 30+ tests covering infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and coagulation disorders, all on the LumiraDx Platform. In addition, LumiraDx has a comprehensive portfolio of fast, accurate, and cost-efficient COVID-19 testing solutions from the lab to point of need.
LumiraDx is based in the UK with more than 1600 employees worldwide. Further information on LumiraDx and the LumiraDx Platform is available at www.lumiradx.com
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the performance and benefits of the LumiraDx CRP Test and LumiraDx Platform. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including, among others, general economic, political and business conditions; the effect of COVID-19 on LumiraDx's business and financial results; maintaining regulatory approval or clearance of tests; and those factors discussed under the header "Risk Factors" in the Proxy Statement and Prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424B(3) with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on September 10, 2021 and other filings with the SEC. Although LumiraDx believes that it has a reasonable basis for each forward-looking statement contained in this press release, LumiraDx cautions you that these statements are based on a combination of facts and factors currently known by it and its projections of the future, about which it cannot be certain. LumiraDx undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.
- Guidelines for the management of adult lower respiratory tract infections – Summary, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 2011
- English surveillance programme for antimicrobial utilisation and resistance (ESPAUR), Report 2020 to 2021
- Westblade, LS et al. Bacterial Coinfections in Coronavirus Disease 2019. Trends in Microbiology, 2021, Vol. 29, No. 10
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