FDA Sets Date for Advisory Committee Review of OraSure Over-the-Counter Rapid HIV Test

Final Phase of Clinical Testing to be Among Agenda Topics for Blood Products Advisory Committee Meeting on May 15th

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| Source: OraSure Technologies, Inc.

BETHLEHEM, Pa., April 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OraSure Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OSUR) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) will consider the Company's application for the approval of its OraQuick® Rapid HIV-1/2 test for sale in the U.S. consumer or over-the-counter (OTC) market at a meeting scheduled for May 15, 2012.

The Company will be presenting the findings from the final phase of clinical testing, which involved the use of the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test, an OTC investigational use version of the OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV-1/2 test, by individuals in an unobserved setting. Approximately 5,800 subjects were enrolled and tested in this phase across 20 sites nationwide, resulting in the identification of more than 100 previously undiagnosed individuals with HIV.

"There is an urgent need for additional testing options to identify individuals who are HIV- positive, link them to care and reduce transmission of the virus," said Douglas A. Michels, President and Chief Executive Officer of OraSure Technologies. "Our belief is that the availability of an easy-to-use, accurate in-home HIV test will enable more people to learn their presumptive HIV status so that they can receive necessary care and support."

The meeting notice for the Blood Products Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on April 5th according to a notice posted on the registry at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/04/05/2012-08167/blood-products-advisory-committee-meetings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. who have HIV and despite current HIV testing options, approximately 240,000 of them are unaware of their status. It is estimated that those undiagnosed are responsible for up to 70 percent of the approximately 50,000 new HIV infections occurring each year in the U.S. The CDC recommends all people ages 13 to 64 be offered an HIV test in healthcare settings, with more frequent testing for people at higher risk.

OraSure currently manufactures and sells the OraQuick ADVANCE ® Rapid HIV-1/2 Test which is the first and only FDA-approved and CLIA-waived rapid point-of-care test that can detect antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 in oral fluid in 20 minutes. As the market leading rapid HIV test with over 20 million tests sold, OraQuick ADVANCE ® is used extensively throughout the United States in public health settings, hospitals, community-based organizations, and physician offices where HIV testing is conducted. The OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test is an over-the-counter version of the OraQuick ADVANCE ® product currently sold into the professional market.

About OraSure Technologies

OraSure Technologies is a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of rapid point-of-care infectious disease tests, collection devices and other technologies designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. Its innovative products include rapid tests for the detection of antibodies to HIV and HCV at the point of care and testing solutions for detecting various drugs of abuse. In addition, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, DNA Genotek Inc., the Company also is a leading provider of oral fluid sample collection, stabilization and preparation products for molecular diagnostic applications. OraSure's portfolio of products is sold globally to various clinical laboratories, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and other public health organizations, research and academic institutions, distributors, government agencies, physicians' offices, and commercial and industrial entities. The Company's products enable healthcare providers to deliver critical information to patients, empowering them to make decisions to improve and protect their health. For more information on OraSure Technologies, please visit www.orasure.com.

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