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Meridian Says FDA Clears New Bacterial Test

Meridian says FDA clears new bacterial test
[Associated Press]

Published Date: December 27, 2011 02:18:00 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) Meridian Biosciences Inc. said Tuesday that regulators cleared a new test for clostridium difficile, a bacterium that can cause diarrhea and colon inflammation.

Meridian said its new ImmunoCard C. difficile GDH test detects a common antigen to the bacterium. Patients who test positive for the antigen can then be screened with a more sensitive test. Meridian also sells a C. difficile test called illumigene.

Shares of Meridian Biosciences rose 8 cents to $18.99 in afternoon trading.

Posted: December 2011