By Turna Ray

Vying to break into the point-of-care testing market to guide anti-platelet treatment in cardiac patients, at least two molecular diagnostics companies are studying the utility of their rapid tests in clinical trials.

Spartan Bioscience announced this week that researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute are using its Spartan RX point-of-care testing system to gauge CYP2C19 mutations that may impair cardiac patients' response to Bristol-Myers Squibb's anti-clotting drug Plavix.

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