QIAGEN’s QuantiFERON-TB® Gold Plus wins UN migration agency’s tender
International Organization for Migration selects most advanced test for latent TB infection
Hilden, Germany, and Germantown, Maryland, July 30, 2018 – QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced that QuantiFERON-TB® Gold Plus (QFT-Plus), the gold standard in accurate, cost-effective testing for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection, has been adopted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for use in screening migrants for the infection.
As the United Nations migration agency, IOM coordinates comprehensive healthcare for about 20 million migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers around the world. The IOM tender covers use of QFT-Plus in 16 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East facing public health challenges from TB as part of their 5-year Global Plan to End TB 2016-2020.
QIAGEN is collaborating with governments and international institutions, non-governmental organizations and commercial partners in fighting the global epidemic of tuberculosis. Experts around the world are increasingly recognizing that accurate, laboratory-based screening for latent TB infections – which can progress to active, contagious tuberculosis – is essential to effective TB control. So far in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) all have endorsed latent TB screening with interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) such as QIAGEN’s fourth-generation QFT-Plus and third-generation QuantiFERON-TB® Gold (QFT). Furthermore, the International Panel Physicians Association (IPPA) has endorsed QFT-Plus specifically.
“We are pleased that IOM, the UN’s migration agency, has selected QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus as the only blood test to be used in latent TB screening of displaced persons it serves. Migrants suffer disproportionately from tuberculosis, and accurate detection is critical to halting the global epidemic of this ancient disease,” said Thierry Bernard, Senior Vice President, Molecular Diagnostics Business Area, for QIAGEN. “QFT-Plus is unique among tests for latent TB, providing a more in-depth assessment of infection than previous generations of screening tools. We have an opportunity to stem the spread of TB by deploying the best modern diagnostic tools and following up with preventive treatment of patients.”
QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus is registered in more than 75 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Nearly two million QFT-Plus tests already have been used since the 2015 launch. QIAGEN’s QFT and QFT-Plus tests are the market-leading blood tests for latent TB, with faster, less labor-intensive and more accurate insights than the century-old tuberculin skin test. QFT-Plus also has the future potential to deliver increased clinical utility by adding measurement of CD8+ T-cell immune response to detection of CD4+ response. CD8+ T-cells have been shown to play an important role in the development of active TB, and QFT-Plus has been cited by international agencies for its potential benefit among migrants and other populations.
Tuberculosis is a contagious bacterial infection spread primarily through coughing by patients with the active pulmonary form of the disease. In 2016, there were 10.4 million new cases of active TB worldwide and 1.7 million deaths from TB, according to WHO estimates. In latent tuberculosis infection, the bacterium infects a person but produces no symptoms unless it progresses to active disease, at which stage the patient is highly contagious. As part of comprehensive programs to eradicate TB, WHO and other international organizations have expanded their guidelines for screening high-risk individuals and treating those with latent infection to help prevent further contagion and reduce the disease burden.
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