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Brazil ends retinol survey, screening to follow:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Brazil's healthcare regulatory authority - Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria (Anvisa) - has concluded its survey of laboratories capable of performing serum retinol testing, as part of a national exercise to map iron-deficiency anaemia. The survey conducted for the national network of pathology laboratories (Reblas) ended on January 30, after having been extended at least twice since its launch in early October 2004 (see Clinica No 1129, p 13); its initial deadline was mid-November. The chosen laboratories will be contracted to support the screening exercise, which will involve 5,000 women aged 15-49 years and 5,000 children under the age of five; Anvisa has not announced further details.

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