PathGroup Selected as Early Access Partner for Launch of Illumina’s Sequencing-Based COVID-19 Diagnostic Test

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 23, 2020) – PathGroup, one of the largest private providers of pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, today announced that the company has been selected as an early access partner for the launch of Illumina’s new sequencing-based COVID-19 test, COVIDSeq™. COVIDSeq accommodates more than 3,000 test samples per run, allowing for a substantial increase in testing capacity.

Illumina, a global leader in sequencing technologies, received the first Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a sequencing-based test on June 9, 2020. COVIDSeq is being rolled out via a limited number of early access sites around the world including PathGroup’s comprehensive 140,000 square foot Nashville-area laboratory.

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PathGroup Announces New COVID-19 Testing Option

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 1, 2020) – PathGroup, one of the largest private providers of pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, today announced the availability of a new, minimally-invasive nasal swab collection option as a part of its comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing program.

Many current molecular diagnostic COVID-19 tests rely on a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, which can cause discomfort for patients during the collection process. The new nasal swab collection option is more comfortable for patients and easier for healthcare providers to administer.

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Test Available: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antibody

Effective May 27, 2020, PathGroup is pleased to announce the availability of a new serologic test for human antibodies to SARS-Cov-2, the viral pathogen associated with COVID-19 (PathGroup Test Code: COVIDAB). On May 3, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Roche Elecsys® SARS-CoV-2 antibody test. The test is for the qualitative detection of total antibodies (including IgG, IgA and IgM) to SARS-CoV-2 in serum from individuals with prior COVID-19 infection. This test may aid in identification of patients with an adaptive immune response to SARS‑CoV‑2, indicating recent or prior infection to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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A Letter to Clients Regarding COVID-19

It goes without saying that we are all facing unprecedented times in the face of the current COVID-19 epidemic. Like you, PathGroup is an essential component of the U.S. healthcare system and we remain fully operational to support the laboratory testing services of you and your patients.

 

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Test Available: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Effective March 16, 2020, PathGroup will begin to offer testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  This test is to be ordered only for individuals who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) clinical and/or epidemiological criteria for testing.  Because this criteria may change as more is learned about the virus, please refer directly to the CDC website for the most up-to-date patient testing criteria: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

 

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It’s Spring Allergy Season!

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year making allergies the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Allergies are a common, yet overlooked, disease and the most common health issue that affects children in the U.S. An estimated 4.2 million children in the U.S. have a food allergy to things like peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

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February is American Heart Month

PathGroup recognizes the efforts of the American Heart Association and healthcare providers in identifying, diagnosing and managing patients at risk for and impacted by heart disease.

 About 650,000 people in the United States die of heart disease every year, making it the leading cause of death in the U.S. The most common risk factors of heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Nearly 50% of Americans have at least one of these risk factors.

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Along with our large community of Women’s Health providers, PathGroup recognizes January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and celebrates the efforts of these healthcare providers in screening, diagnosing, and treating women affected by cervical cancer.

 Over 13,000 new cases of invasive cervical cancer are diagnosed every year and it is most commonly diagnosed in women ages 35 to 44.  In 2019, an estimated 4,250 women died of cervical cancer. Before the introduction of the Pap test, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer death in women in the United States.

 

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December – Flu Season is Here!

Influenza, the most common respiratory virus, occurs in the fall and winter months spanning from mid-October to March in the United States. An estimated 40 million flu illnesses occurred during the 2018-2019 flu season in the U.S. which lasted nearly 21 weeks, the longest flu season in a decade.

 

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November is Men’s Health Awareness Month

PathGroup recognizes November as Men’s Health Awareness Month, a month for male patients and their healthcare providers to communicate about common health conditions facing men in the United States.

 

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