Carolina Liquid Chemistries Offers GlycoMark® for Use on General Chemistry Analyzers

March 3, 2010

Carolina Liquid Chemistries Offers GlycoMark® Test for Diabetes Management for Use on General Chemistry Analyzers 1.5AG blood test can be run on Beckman, Olympus, Siemens Advia and other instruments.

Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. has partnered with GlycoMark Inc. to market the GlycoMark® blood test as one of a complete range of diabetes assays for use on general chemistry analyzers. GlycoMark® tests for 1.5 -anhydro-D-glucitol- (1.5AG).

Carolina Liquid Chemistries, a manufacturer, distributor and service provider for reagents and chemistry systems, teamed up with GlycoMark Inc., the test manufacturer, to market the GlycoMark® blood test for use on Biolis 24i, Beckman, Olympus and Siemens Advia chemistry analyzers. In most cases, Carolina Chemistries applications achieve more tests per kit.

“There are 1.6 million people diagnosed with diabetes each year,” said Phil Shugart, president of Carolina Liquid Chemistries. “Through this partnership, we will promote a system for helping health care providers manage this epidemic with a complete menu of diabetic assays: HbA1c, glucose, fructosamine, insulin, kidney function tests and now GlycoMark®, one of the most important tests for better management of diabetes and prevention of the devastating diseases that accompany it.”

GlycoMark® tests for postprandial hyperglycemia — the high blood glucose spikes a person experiences soon after eating. Monitoring and controlling these spikes are key aspects of proper diabetes management, and GlycoMark® is an FDA approved, reimbursed, non-fasting blood test that monitors intermediate glycemic control and can be administered monthly.

“Because HbA1c only identifies a person’s average glucose level over time, it misses up to 40 percent of patients in near normal ranges (6.0 to 8.5 percent) who are not in good glycemic control, ” said Eric Button, president of GlycoMark Inc. “This can lead to cardiovascular disease, retinopathy and other complications of diabetes.

GlycoMark® identifies peak glucose levels after a person eats, so physicians can identify those patients and prescribe the proper medications.”

Carolina Liquid Chemistries offers a complete line of bar coded reagents for use on BioLis 24i, Beckman, Olympus and Siemans Advia chemistry analyzers. Using the most advanced formulations and finest raw materials, Carolina Chemistries is able to offer clinical laboratories robust chemistries — greater linearity, faster reactions and longer stabilities.