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Accentia Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. launches CRSFungal Profile

Accentia Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABPI) , announced today the commercial introduction of a patented, non-invasive test, CRSFungal Profile, by its specialty pharmaceuticals division, TEAMM Pharmaceuticals, to assist in the diagnosis of Chronic Sinusitis (CS) otherwise known as Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS). In partnership with the licensee for this patented technology, IMMCO Diagnostics Inc. (IMMCO) of Buffalo, NY, Accentia Biopharmaceuticals is making CRSFungal Profile available to ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists and allergists nationwide.

CS is one of the most common chronic diseases suffered by Americans today, affecting an estimated 31 million patients in the US. CS is a chronic inflammatory disease of the nasal and sinus mucosa that persists for greater than three months. Long-term consequences include the formation of inflammatory polyps in the nose. The inflammation of CS results in symptoms that include nasal congestion, mouth breathing, nasal discharge, and post-nasal drip. This chronic non-infectious inflammation predisposes patients to acute exacerbations of their sinusitis due to bacterial superinfection, which requires oral antibiotic therapy. Many patients with severe disease resort to sinus surgery in an effort to reduce nasal obstruction and improve sinus drainage. Historically, the diagnosis of CS has been made based on a doctor's subjective assessment of a combination of the patients' symptoms, nasal endoscopy, and CT scan of the sinuses. There has been no confirmatory diagnostic test for the disease. Published studies by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota have provided substantial evidence that the underlying cause for CS is the presence of fungi, in the mucus layer of the nasal and sinus cavities. While fungi are present in the majority of the population, it is an inflammatory response in susceptible patients that causes CS. This research has led to a better understanding of the condition and
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