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Annual LCR urine screening would cut cost of chlamydia treatment, study shows.

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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ANNUAL URINE SCREENING WITH LCR WOULD HALVE CHLAMYDIA TREATMENT COSTS IN U.S., according to a study presented by Max Chernesky, PhD, St. Josephs Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario, at the recent American Association of Clinical Chemistry conference in Chicago. The study, which used a computer-based economic model to analyze data from published literature, showed that instituting an annual urine screening program using a ligase chain reaction probe assay could reduce "to less than $400 mil. a year from over $1 bil." the cost of treating certain diseases caused by chlamydia.

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