Roche launches the cobas Plasma Separation Card to increase access to HIV testing for patients living in remote areas

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Roche launches the cobas Plasma Separation Card to increase access to HIV testing for patients living in remote areas

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Roche launches the cobas Plasma Separation Card to increase access to HIV testing for patients living in remote areas

  • New technology allows better testing and monitoring of HIV patients living in remote settings
  • For the first time, patient plasma samples no longer need refrigeration during transport to the lab
  • Card meets the World Health Organization sensitivity requirement for determining HIV treatment

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today the launch of the cobas® Plasma Separation Card. This new solution is a stable and easy-to-use sample collection device for HIV plasma viral load testing. By providing a small amount of a patient’s blood from a fingertip, this specially designed card simplifies blood collection and sample transportation.

Traditionally, plasma viral load results required blood samples to be cooled during transport to the lab. The new cobas Plasma Separation Card fundamentally changes the way plasma samples are taken and processed. The card allows for reliable quantitative testing of patients with HIV living in remote areas – even areas of extreme heat and humidity – while meeting WHO requirements for determining HIV viral load prior to setting treatment.

“With the launch of the cobas Plasma Separation Card, we strengthen Roche’s ongoing commitment to providing life-saving diagnostics in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” said Roland Diggelmann, CEO Roche Diagnostics. “This card will improve access and increase HIV diagnostics scaling up efforts to further the critical work of our many healthcare partners in eradicating the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

“The cobas Plasma Separation Card is a very impressive innovation”, said Alan Staple, Head of Global Markets Team at The Clinton Health Access Initiative. “Coupled with the successful Global Access Program, this will make a significant contribution to extending both the reach and accuracy of HIV viral load testing for underserved populations”.

The cobas Plasma Separation Card will be added to the Roche Global Access Program as a solution to help expand access to diagnostics in countries hardest hit by HIV. In partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Unitaid, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Roche has been working to increase access to HIV diagnostic solutions to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-901 goal to improve people knowing their status, getting on HIV therapy, and suppressing the virus from replicating.

The cobas Plasma Separation Card is being launched in countries accepting CE-Mark certification, for use with the COBAS AmpliPrep®/COBAS TaqMan® HIV-1 and cobas 6800/8800 HIV-1 Tests.

About the plasma separation card

The cobas plasma separation card provides the only CE-marked plasma sample collection device which meets the World Health Organization sensitivity standard of < 1000 cp/mL. It is stable under high heat and humid conditions and provides results that correlate well to traditional plasma based testing which is considered the gold standard sample type for monitoring patients response to treatment.

About Roche’s Tradition of Commitment to HIV Care

In 2014, Roche announced, the Global Access Program for increased access to HIV diagnostics. Roche partnered with national governments, local healthcare facilities, communities and international agencies, including UNAIDS, CHAI, Unitaid, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Global Fund, and Centres for Disease Control (CDC), to establish programs that would go beyond providing diagnostic tests. Since its inception, the program has expanded substantially in menu and geographic footprint to provide increased access to HIV diagnostics at affordable pricing for qualifying organizations in 82 eligible countries with the highest disease burden.

Roche also inaugurated the Global Surveillance Program in 1998 at the International AIDS Conference in Geneva. Initially designed to monitor changes in the HIV-1 genomic sequence, the Program and its database have since expanded to include thousands of genomic sequences for multiple viruses, including: HCV, HBV and WNV, in the world’s most relevant geographic regions. The Program’s efforts have played a monumental role in helping to maintain and improve the reliability of molecular assays.

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