Because of the rapid progression of HITTS and its serious potential outcomes, a rapid test result can impact the clinical intervention of these patients.
As the biochemical processes involving HPF-4 antibodies and HITTS become more fully understood, the HealthTEST HPF4 assay could have a similar impact in the management and positive outcomes of these patients.
Because of their relative technical complexity, these tests take many hours to perform, and are used primarily to confirm a diagnosis of HITTS after symptoms occur in a patient.
Because of the rapid progression of HITTS and its potentially serious outcome, use of the test will enable more timely and effective therapeutic intervention in these patients.
The expanded access study allows patients who have either active HIT or a history of HITTS
from prior heparin exposure to undergo coronary intervention procedures without risking further exposure to heparin.
McWilliams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Biotechnology, said, "We believe these data demonstrate the potential of NOVASTAN for use as an anticoagulant in patients with both HIT and HITTS