Roche Diagnostics launches India’s first automated cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-based test for Alzheimer’s disease

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  • Current diagnosis of Alzheimer’s (AD) is often done through clinical assessment and routine imaging tests which may not help in arriving at an accurate diagnosis of AD in many patients.

  • Roche Diagnostics CSF-based tests for AD have 90% concordance with Amyloid PET scan

  • Available on all cobas e platforms

Mumbai, 16 Nov, 2022 –. Roche Diagnostics India today announced the launch of the Elecsys ß-Amyloid (1-42) CSF,  Elecsys Phospho-Tau (181P) CSF assays and Elecsys Total -Tau CSF. Elecsys AD CSF assays are intended to be used in adult patients with cognitive impairment to support the early diagnosis of AD and in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as an aid to identify a higher risk of cognitive decline.

AD has a huge public health impact that includes prevalence, mortality and morbidity as well as the costs of care. In India alone, more than 5 million people have some form of dementia with AD accounting for an estimated 60% to 80% of cases 1.  Currently, the diagnosis of AD is largely based on clinical symptoms, including cognitive testing, with a significant number of patients diagnosed when their disease has already advanced. A diagnosis of AD based on cognitive measures alone is only correct in 70 – 80 percent of cases. Identifying the disease and its progression with CSF immunoassays, associated with AD pathology, increases the certainty of a diagnosis of AD and can help clinicians to evaluate the progression of the disease.

Narendra Varde, Managing Director, Roche Diagnostic India and Neighboring Markets shares, “India currently faces a dual problem in terms of lack of effective diagnostic mechanisms and access to treatment for Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. According to a 2020 report by the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), an estimated 5.3 million people above the age of 60 have dementia in the country and the burden of Alzheimers is expected to increase in the coming years 2. The need of the hour is to ensure timely diagnosis and intervention. To bridge this need gap, I am excited to introduce the Elecsys CSF tests which offer a standardised pre-analytical protocol for clinicians and labs to provide reliable, safe and accurate  identification of patients with Alzheimer's disease .” 

Adding to this Dheeraj Jain, the Founder & MD of Redcliffe Labs says, “Alzheimer’s has a significant adverse impact on public health, including incidence, mortality, morbidity, and associated costs of care. The availability of an in-vitro diagnostic test that aids timely diagnosis leading to appropriate intervention is a step in the right direction”.

Further Dr Joy Desai, Director & Head, Department Of Neurology, The Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, shares, “ In India, many people living with Alzheimer's are not diagnosed and even among those who are, a large number are unaware of their diagnosis. An early diagnosis can improve the quality of care and quality of life and may reduce the financial and emotional impact of the disease. I am happy that Roche Diagnostics has introduced assays that enable early diagnosis of AD enabling clinicians and patients to better manage the disease.

The assays are now available at top neurological institutes across India. In the coming months, Roche Diagnostics is committed to expand the access to these assays to a broader network of hospitals and labs across the country.

About Roche Diagnostics India

Roche is the world’s largest biotech company. Roche Diagnostics India Pvt. Ltd. established in the year 2002 has offices located in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai with over 400 employees. Our broad range of innovative diagnostic tests and systems play a pivotal role in the groundbreaking area of integrated healthcare solutions and cover early detection, targeted screening, evaluation and monitoring of disease. Roche Diagnostics India works with the objective of “Doing now what patients need next”, thus preparing for the nation’s future healthcare needs.

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