NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Prodesse announced after the close of the market Thursday that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing the firm's ProGastro Cd Assay.

The real-time PCR assay detects toxigenic strains of Clostridium difficile, a healthcare-associated infection that affects around 500,000 patients in the US annually. The test provides results in as little as three hours, said Prodesse.

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