FDA approves Abbott’s AML diagnostic


The FDA has approved Abbott Molecular’s genetic diagnostic, Vysis EGR1 FISH Probe Kit, to detect acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

The new in vitro test is the third of Abbott’s FISH assays to be cleared for oncology applications in the US in the past two months.

Stafford O’Kelly, Head of Abbott’s Molecular Diagnostics Business said that the medical technology “can identify which AML patients have the chromosomal abnormality upon diagnosis and provides physicians with another clinically validated tool to assess a patient’s overall prognosis”.

The Kit’s technology detects chromosomal deletion in the bone marrow, and can be used in addition to cytogenetics, other biomarkers, morphology and other clinical information, at the time of AML diagnosis to determine prognosis.

Each year, more than 12,000 people are diagnosed with AML, which is a rapidly progressive disease. Current standard procedure involves aggressive chemotherapy drugs, while some patients may require a stem-cell transplant to replace unhealthy bone marrow with leukaemia-free stem cells.  

Part of Abbott, Abbott Molecular is a leader in molecular diagnostics, analysing DNA and RNA at the molecular level. Abbott Molecular’s tests aim for earlier detection or diagnosis, to provide information of appropriate treatment, and improve monitoring of disease progression.

Abbott is a global healthcare company, which discovers, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and commercialises its products in more than 130 countries worldwide.