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Subject:  Flu test available nationwide... Date:  10/17/2000  7:12 AM
Author:  PalmerB Number:  227 of 242

Quidel Rapid Flu Test Now Available for Widespread Use in the U.S.
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Quidel Corporation (Nasdaq: QDEL) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a CLIA waiver for the Company's QuickVue(R) Influenza Test in time for this winter's flu season. Previously, only a limited number of physicians were able to access this diagnostic tool. Now an estimated 100,000 U.S. physicians' office laboratories will have access to this test, allowing more patients to benefit from rapid diagnosis and to receive the most appropriate treatment for their condition.

Every year more than 90 million people have flu-like symptoms, but many do not have influenza. The widespread use of Quidel's rapid diagnostic test will aid physicians to rule in or rule out influenza which is important because:

-- Rapid diagnosis avoids unnecessary medications including overuse of