* Elecsys test detects antibodies to hepatitis C
* Won pre-market approval for test on three platforms
ZURICH May 28 Roche ROG.VX has won pre-market
approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an
in-vitro test aimed at detecting antibodies to the hepatitis C
virus, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday.
Roche's 18-minute Elecsys Antibody anti-HCV test would scan
for total antibodies in human serum or plasma.
The test may be used in the diagnosis of HCV infections in
those with sympthoms of hepatitis or at risk of hepatitis C
which is primarily transmitted through contaminated blood and
Roche won approval for the test on three platforms -- the
stand-alone cobas e 411 analyser for low-volume testing, and the
cobas e 601 and modular analytics E 170 analysers, which are
respectively modules of consolidated immunoassay/clinical
chemistry systems for mid-volume and high-volume testing.
The test is anticipated to ship in July, the company said.
(Reporting by Lisa Jucca; Editing by Dan Lalor)