Prometheus Receives New York State Approval for PROMETHEUS(R) IBS Diagnostic, First Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
“One out of five Americans has symptoms of IBS, however the majority go untreated due in part to current limitations in diagnostics,” said
IBS can be challenging to diagnose because it is a functional disease that is not associated with any visible abnormality and symptoms often overlap with other gastrointestinal conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and chronic functional constipation/diarrhea. Without a blood-based biomarker, the diagnosis of IBS is typically made through a process of elimination, by determining the patient does not have other gastrointestinal diseases with similar symptoms, together with the use of the standard
As with Prometheus’ entire portfolio of proprietary diagnostics, PROMETHEUS IBS Diagnostic testing is performed at the Company’s CLIA-certified laboratory in
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, in 2007, almost 60 million, or 20%, of the U.S. population had symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most common disorders diagnosed by physicians. At least twice as many women as men are affected by IBS, a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Although it significantly impairs health-related quality of life, many people suffer from IBS for years before being properly diagnosed and treated. It is believed that up to 75% of people suffering from IBS are not receiving medical care for their symptoms, due in part to the current difficulties of diagnosing IBS.
Prometheus Laboratories Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company committed to developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and diagnostic products to help physicians individualize patient care. Prometheus is currently focused on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders in
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