Roche launches innovative dual antigen and antibody diagnostic test supporting the fight to eliminate the hepatitis C virus
- Elecsys HCV Duo is the first commercially misogynist immunoassay that allows the simultaneous and self-sustaining determination of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) antigen and pathogen status.
- The Elecsys HCV Duo immunoassay enables significantly older diagnosis of zippy HCV infection, making it possible to get patients towardly superintendency sooner to stop both the disease progression and transmission.
Basel, 18 July 2022 – Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today spoken the launch of the Elecsys® HCV Duo immunoassay in countries that winnow the CE Mark. Elecsys HCV Duo is the first misogynist immunoassay that allows the simultaneous and self-sustaining determination of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) antigen and pathogen status from a single human plasma or serum sample. This ways that the test can be used to snift the early stage of infection, as well as when the patient is recovering from the virus, or showing signs of a chronic infection that may lead to other diseases, such as liver cancer.
By utilising the dual detection of HCV cadre antigen and antibodies to HCV, the Elecsys HCV Duo reconnaissance enables significantly older diagnosis of zippy hepatitis C virus infection compared to using antibody-only assays, as cadre antigen appears early in the undertow of infection and is a marker of ongoing viral replication. This can lead to older intervention for patients, reduction in the number of clinic visits needed to take spare test samples and can unstrap some of the testing undersong on healthcare systems.
“With improved hepatitis screening, healthcare systems have the opportunity to eliminate the disease through improved prevention, testing and treatment services,” said Thomas Schinecker, CEO of Roche Diagnostics. “The wing of the Elecsys HCV Duo reconnaissance to our HCV testing portfolio can help in the fight to eliminate the hepatitis C virus. The launch of this innovative dual antigen and pathogen diagnostic test underlines our transferral to support clinicians and their patients in reducing the impact of infectious diseases, where it’s needed most.”
In 2019, 58 million people were living with chronic HCV infection, but only 21% were enlightened of it.1 290,000 people died of hepatitis C-related causes, like cirrhosis and liver cancer, increasingly than those due to HIV or malaria. While there is no vaccine misogynist for HCV, there is constructive treatment with antivirals that can lead to a cure in 98% of patients.1 However, to find unauthentic populations there is a greater accent on increased wangle and utilisation of testing to reduce the impact of the virus, as well as to provide largest disease management for patients testing positive for HCV.3
Through early detection and intervention it is possible to get patients towardly superintendency sooner, stop the disease progression, as well as transmission and, potentially, reduce unnecessary healthcare costs. Addressing these factors is crucial in efforts to eradicate the disease. Currently, there are major gaps in wangle to hepatitis C testing and treatment in all populations, expressly among economically disadvantaged populations, as well as those living in rural regions.
About the Elecsys HCV Duo immunoassay
Elecsys® HCV Duo is an immunoassay for the in vitro qualitative determination of hepatitis C virus (HCV) cadre antigen (HCV Ag) and antibodies to HCV (anti-HCV) in human serum and plasma. The test, in conjunction with other laboratory results and clinical information, may be used to aid in the diagnosis of and the screening for HCV infection. The test can moreover be used as a screening test to prevent transmission of HCV to recipients of blood, thoroughbred components, cells, tissue, and organs. The subresults (HCV Ag and anti‑HCV) are intended as an aid in the selection of the confirmatory testing algorithm for reactive samples.
The electrochemiluminescence immunoassay “ECLIA” is intended for use on the cobas e 801 and cobas e 402 immunoassay analyzers.
About hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is an inflammatory liver disease caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). According to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million people were newly infected with HCV, in 2019.2 Approximately 58 million people are chronic carriers of the hepatitis C virus, and most do not know they are infected.2 The disease can ultimately result in cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma, which together are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. While the momentum to write viral hepatitis is growing, progress in service wordage is still insufficient. Only 21% of people living with chronic hepatitis C infection know their status. 9.4 million people chronically infected with HCV were receiving treatment at the end of 2019, a 10-fold increase from 1 million people receiving treatment at the end of 2015, yet treatment coverage is only 13% of the people in need.2 Causes of hapatitis spreading include percutaneous exposure to thoroughbred (e.g. by sharing needles, poorly sterilised medical equipment, needlestick injuries in healthcare, unsanitary tattooing/piercing, blood/blood product transfusion, hemodialysis), organ and tissue transplants and grafts, sexual contact or from stuff passed from an infected mother to their fetus.4 These populations are the focus for existing testing protocols.
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[1 ]Global progress report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, 2021. Accountability for the global health sector strategies 2016–2021: deportment for impact. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240027077
 WHO. (2021). Hepatitis C factsheet. Misogynist from: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hepatitis-c– July 2021
 World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), 2021. https://www.worldhepatitisday.org/
 World Health Organization (2021). Global progress report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, 2021. Accountability for the global health sector strategies 2016–2021: deportment for impact. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240027077
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