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EKF Signs DiaSpect Tm U.S. Distribution Agreement with McKesson
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EKF signs DiaSpect Tm U.S. distribution agreement with McKesson
to launch McKesson Consult® Hb analyzer
 
FDA cleared POC hemoglobin analyzer to be sold across the USA by the market鈥檚 leading and most established healthcare distributor

EKF鈥檚 hand-held analyzer enables reagent-free hemoglobin analysis within two seconds. 
 
Cardiff, UK 鈥 29th January 2019 鈥 EKF Diagnostics, the global in vitro diagnostics company, announces that it has signed a private label distribution agreement with McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. for the Company鈥檚 hand-held reagent-free hemoglobin analyzer, the DiaSpect Tm. McKesson is the oldest and largest healthcare company in the U.S., serving more than 50% of U.S. hospitals and 20% of physicians. The DiaSpect Tm is the world鈥檚 fastest hemoglobin analyzer and will be sold in the U.S. from February 2019 by McKesson under its own branded line, as the McKesson Consult® Hb analyzer.
 
The agreement follows US Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance and CLIA waiver by statute for the DiaSpect Tm in April 2018, approving the product for use in point of care (POC) and Certificate of Waiver settings, such as physicians鈥 offices, clinics and other non-traditional laboratory locations. Prior to signing the agreement McKesson also undertook its own comprehensive evaluation of the POC hemoglobin analyzer, confirming its quality and reliability.
 
Commenting, Julian Baines, CEO of EKF Diagnostics, said, 鈥淭he DiaSpect Tm gives physicians access to an easy-to-use, accurate and portable hemoglobin measurement system able to deliver laboratory quality results at the point-of-care within seconds. This agreement with McKesson allows us to offer our innovative POC hemoglobin analysis technology to physicians and childcare specialists across the U.S. through the market鈥檚 leading and most established healthcare distribution player. It also affirms the quality of EKF鈥檚 product and manufacturing capabilities.鈥
 
Christopher Rogers, Vice President, McKesson Brands, added, 鈥淲e are excited to partner with EKF Diagnostics to offer this industry leading technology, providing physicians a convenient design and fast, accurate results for onsite blood testing. The McKesson Consult® Hb analyzer demonstrates McKesson Brands鈥 ongoing commitment to offering value-oriented lab solutions to assist our customers in providing improved care for their patients.鈥
 
The palm-sized, lightweight DiaSpect Tm provides users in a variety of care settings with laboratory accurate hemoglobin measurements (precision: CV 鈮1%) within two seconds of its whole blood-filled cuvette being inserted for analysis. This ensures immediate and robust hemoglobin results for patient health checks and anemia screening at the point of care.
 
Based on its FDA categorization, DiaSpect Tm can be used in a range of environments, as well as by a broad scope of health care personnel. Essential for this, it is highly user-friendly requiring minimal training. For example, the analyzer鈥檚 sampling microcuvette has been designed to collect a blood sample from any angle without forming air bubbles. The user simply collects a capillary or venous blood sample of 10 µL in the cuvette before inserting straight into the analyzer. Also making it simple for POCT use, DiaSpect Tm is factory calibrated against the HiCN reference method in accordance with ICSH. It is 鈥榓lways on鈥 and ready to use with no re-calibration or maintenance necessary.
 
For more information on the DiaSpect Tm see: www.ekfdiagnostics.com/diaspect.html 
 
About McKesson Medical-Surgical mms.mckesson.com
McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. is an affiliate of the McKesson Corporation. McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 6th on the FORTUNE 500, is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information technology. McKesson Medical-Surgical works with health systems, physician offices, extended care providers, in-home patients, labs, payers and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson Medical-Surgical helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services.
 
About EKF Diagnostics www.ekfdiagnostics.com or www.ekfusa.com       
EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc, which includes the EKF Diagnostics, Stanbio Laboratory and DiaSpect brands, specializes in the development, production and worldwide distribution of point-of-care analyzers for use in the detection and management of diabetes and anemia, and also in sports and maternal medicine. EKF products are sold in more than 100 countries around the globe, through a network of specialist distributors.
 
Point-of-care diagnostics: EKF Diagnostics designs and manufactures world-class diagnostic devices, as well as distributing rapid test kits for infectious diseases and pregnancy. The EKF analyzer range is used widely in GP surgeries, pharmacies, blood banks, sports clinics, hospitals and laboratories for glucose, lactate, hemoglobin, hematocrit and HbA1c measurement.
 
Central laboratory: EKF, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Stanbio Laboratory (Boerne, Texas, USA), manufactures a comprehensive range of clinical chemistry reagents, as well as associated analyzers. In addition, EKF Life Sciences (Elkhart, Indiana, USA) manufactures enzymes used in reagent development and also provides contract fermentation facilities.
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