IntelligentMDx said today that it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance for its IMDx C. difficile for Abbott m2000 assay, a test that detects nucleic acids encoding the toxin A gene and toxin B gene sequences of toxigenic strains of Clostridium difficile in human stool specimens.

IMDx's analytical reactivity studies have demonstrated that its C. difficile assay is capable of detecting 31 different strains representing the global diversity of C. difficile, including NAP1 and tcdB variants.

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