BD receives FDA approval for HPV test with extended genotyping capabilities

July 23, 2020

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) has announced that it received approval for a pre-market approval (PMA) supplement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an expanded version of its BD Onclarity HPV Assay, according to a press release from BD. The PMA supplement includes the expansion for genotype reporting beyond HPV genotypes 16, 18, and 45 to include types 31, 51, 52, 33/58, 35/39/68, and 56/59/66 genotypes, making the BD Onclarity HPV Assay the only FDA-approved assay to individually identify and report these genotype results.

The value of extended genotyping for cervical cancer screening and triage has been reported from large clinical studies since 2015. Additionally, the need for expanded HPV genotyping for cervical screening has been recognized since 2016. In many cases, the reporting of HPV genotypes with the screening test result could improve risk stratification and support risk-based patient management. The April 2020 publication of the ASCCP risk-based management consensus guidelines anticipated that extended genotyping would be introduced soon. 

"BD Onclarity extended genotyping is data-driven precision medicine at its best, helping us effectively and efficiently manage our patients," said Mark H. Stoler, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pathology, University of Virginia Health System. "Contemporary management of women with abnormal cervical cancer screening results demands an assessment of their risk of pre-cancer. An abundance of recent science clearly shows that knowing the HPV genotype of the patient provides excellent differential stratification of those risks." 

"It is well known that different HPV genotypes carry different risk of cervical cancer, and without the specific knowledge of the HPV genotype in a screening sample many women will be over-treated needlessly," said Jesper Bonde, PhD, Senior Researcher and Molecular Pathology Laboratory Manager, Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark. "Screening strategies that employ HPV tests with simultaneous genotyping offer a simple way to improve cervical cancer screening to the benefit of the woman and healthcare providers by allowing risk stratification already on the screening sample." 

Dave Hickey, President, Integrated Diagnostic Solutions at BD, said, "With this FDA approval, BD can now offer laboratories, clinicians and patients access to critical information in screening for cervical cancer in the United States and other countries recognizing the PMA supplement or CE mark. Our goal is to continue the global fight towards eliminating diseases and associated deaths due to cervical cancer with our comprehensive diagnostic solutions." 

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