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Roche Cobas Plasma Separation Card

Roche has launched the Cobas Plasma Separation Card for quantitative HIV viral load testing. The card, which received CE-marking earlier this month, is a sample collection device that takes a small amount of blood from a patient's fingertip. It simplifies blood collection and sample transportation, which is useful in areas of extreme heat and humidity. It also meets the World Health Organization's sensitivity standard of less than 1,000 cp/mL. The card is available in countries accepting the CE mark for use with the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 and the Cobas 4800/6800/8800 HIV-1 tests.