News

September 28th, 2014

NEW! ScheBo Pancreas Elastase 1 Quick Test

Catachem Inc. is pleased to announce its partnership with ScheBo Biotech AG in Germany to bring to the USA, Schebo’s “Rule out“ test for Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) – its Canine Pancreatic Elastase test. The Schebo Pancreas Elastase 1 Quick test is performed in the vet office on a stool sample eliminating the need to starve the animal overnight and then take a blood sample for Trypsin Like Immunoreactivity (TLI) testing at a reference laboratory. The test is specific for Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and showed a 95.3% sensitivity and a 92% specificity in a clinical trial of 331 dogs of which 43 had known clinical EPI.

 

Any dog presenting with the following symptoms could have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency:

  • Steatorrhoea (greasy/oily stools)
  • Diarrhea (loose/watery stools)
  • Vomiting
  • Cow-pat stool, frequent stools
  • Polyphagia (ravenous appetite)
  • Rapid weight loss, failure to thrive
  • Gas, abdominal discomfort
  • Borborygmus (tummy sounds)
  • Coprophagia (eating feces)
  • Poor coat condition (dry, dull, brittle)

The test is simple to perform:

A single small stool sample is sufficient.

  • Absolutely pancreas-specific
  • No additional equipment required
  • Results available 10 minutes after adding the stool extract
  • No starvation periods needed
  • No blood sampling
  • Intestinal inflammation does not affect the test result
  • Uses monoclonal antibodies – substitution therapy does not influence the test result
  • Store kit at 4 – 27 C (Does not require refrigeration

Product Listing

Catalog No. Product                                 Quantity per box                 
PE1C Pancreas Elastase 1 Quick 1
PE5C Pancreas Elastase 1 Quick 5
PE10C Pancreas Elastase 1 Quick 10

 

For more information on our Pancreas Elastase 1 Quick Test, please view our brochure.

 

June 18th, 2014

NEW! – Stable Liquid Fructosamine Calibrators and Controls

Catachem has recently redesigned its Fructosamine controls and calibrators. The products will now be provided as stable liquids rather than as lyophilized powders. The new materials will be stable in this new format for 18 months from the date of manufacture. These products will eventually replace the lyophilized Fructosamine controls and calibrator products that we have been manufacturing for a number of years.

The new products are listed below in BOLD print with the products they will eventually replace noted in italics. Samples of these products will be available upon request. To request your free sample, please contact us at catachem@catacheminc.com.

Product Original Part Number New Part Number
Fructosamine Calibrator (µmol/L)
6 x 1 mL
C414-30 C414-40
Fructosamine Control Level 1 (µmol/L)
6 x 1 mL
C414-31 C414-41
Fructosamine Control Level 2 (µmol/L)
6 x 1 mL
C414-32 C414-42

 

June 17th, 2014

NEW! – Stable Lyophilized Sorbitol Dehydrogenase Calibrators and Controls

Catachem has recently completed an upgrade of its Sorbitol dehydrogenase (SDH) controls and calibrators to enhance their usefulness. The products will now be provided as stable dry lyophilized powders which will be reconstituted with water prior to use. After reconstitution these can be stored in the refrigerator for 30 days without noticeable loss in enzyme activity. These products will eventually replace the liquid SDH controls and calibrator products that we have been manufacturing for a number of years.

The new products are listed below in BOLD print with the products they will eventually replace noted in italics. Samples of these products will be available upon request. To request your free sample, please contact us at catachem@catacheminc.com.

Product Original Part Number New Part Number
SDH Calibrator
3 x 1 mL
C434-30 C434-40
SDH Control Level 1
3 x 1 mL
C434-31 C434-41
SDH Control Level 2
3 x 1 mL
C434-32 C434-42