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Meningitis/encephalitis panel

BioFire Diagnostics’ FilmArray Meningitis/ Encephalitis (ME) Panel is now available in the countries which recognize CE marking. The ME Panel provides highly beneficial medical value, as it addresses the critical unmet need for quick and accurate identification of central nervous system (CNS) infectious agents. The comprehensive ME Panel tests cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for the 14 most common pathogens (6 bacteria, 7 viruses and 1 yeast) responsible for community acquired meningitis or encephalitis in about an hour. Currently, testing CSF for multiple organisms can take days and is not always possible because it can be difficult to obtain enough fluid from each patient to run multiple tests.
The ME Panel received a de novo clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2015. The ME Panel brings a unique opportunity to test simultaneously and rapidly for most bacteria, viruses and fungi found in those pathologies that can be extremely severe and sometimes lethal. Such an approach will positively impact the management of those patients by helping clinicians and biologists speed the diagnosis of these potentially severe conditions and make much faster decisions on appropriate therapy to prevent complications. More than 1.2 million people every year are affected by meningitis worldwide, resulting in 120,000 deaths globally from bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis can occur suddenly in healthy people and even with prompt diagnosis and treatment, approximately 10% of patients may die and up to 20% or more may sustain permanent damage and disability. The ME Panel is cleared for the FilmArray and FilmArray 2.0 systems and is commercially available around the globe.

Supplier: BioFire

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