TAG, TB CAB, India CAB open letter to Qiagen

Re: Marketing and use of QuantiFERON-TB Gold for active TB in India and high TB burden countries

You can download from here an open letter from Treatment Action Group (TAG), members of the Global TB Community Advisory Board (TB CAB) as well as civil society in India who are concerned about Qiagen’s QuantiFERON-TB Gold being used to detect active TB disease in the private sector (where serology use was rampant and has now been banned). The letter urges the company and its distributors to market the test as the label indicates and take action to stop the unethical, off-label use of the test for active TB.

Supporting documents mentioned in the letter:

1. Download the Lal Path Lab Memo from here.

2. Download the RNTCP Serology Ad from here.


You can download Qiagen's response to the letter from here.

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Dinesh Sheta wrote on May 24, 2013, 8:43 p.m.

Dear Sir, I am completely agree with the issue and such test are being used widely in Indian setting. I request you to bring this important issue in leading Indian News Paper at its earliest at least copy of these letter would be fine. I feel we were being misguide but after realizing these, we would try to spread awareness in private laboratory & private practitioner. Govt. of India have many web site and issues like this should be display with highlight. Thanks for the update. Dinesh Sheta Mycobacteriologist India

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By Treatment Action Group, TB CAB, India CAB

Published: May 17, 2013, 4:36 p.m.

Last updated: Oct. 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

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