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Meridian Bioscience Comments on FDA Matter Involving its Subsidiary, Magellan Diagnostics

CINCINNATI, May 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO).  Meridian Bioscience, Inc.’s subsidiary, Magellan Diagnostics, Inc., is currently working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding use of venous blood (blood drawn from a vein) with its LeadCare Testing Systems.  Magellan’s primary product is the LeadCare II, a point-of-care (CLIA-waived) blood lead testing system, on which the vast majority of tests are performed with capillary blood samples.  Capillary samples are not affected by this notification.  In addition to LeadCare II, Magellan Diagnostics has three moderately complex systems in use – LeadCare Ultra and LeadCare Plus, which were cleared by FDA in 2013 and 2015, respectively, and the original LeadCare, launched in 1997 and which the company has been phasing out.  In contrast to the LeadCare II, these systems are used in laboratory settings where both venous and capillary samples are analyzed.

Today, FDA issued a warning that the results from venous samples may be underestimated and provide inaccurate results.  Magellan is currently undertaking efforts to move customers to capillary blood testing (fingerstick) with the LeadCare II testing system as a corrective action in response to the FDA warning.  The LeadCare II System was designed to help ensure broad-based blood lead screening is available by providing a quick, easy and accurate way to identify children, pregnant women and adults at risk for lead exposure. Magellan remains committed to the importance of providing accurate results at the point of care, as this creates the best opportunity to facilitate patient education and intervention.

Venous blood sample testing on Magellan’s systems consists of approximately 10% of Magellan’s revenue and approximately 1% of Meridian’s overall revenue.  Meridian and Magellan do not expect this occurrence to cause any material adverse effect to Meridian’s financial results.  Meridian and Magellan take these matters very seriously and will continue to work closely and fully with the FDA and CDC to address the concerns identified with venous samples as quickly as possible.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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Meridian’s continued growth depends, in part, on its ability to introduce into the marketplace enhancements of existing products or new products that incorporate technological advances, meet customer requirements and respond to products developed by Meridian’s competition, and its ability to effectively sell such products.  While Meridian has introduced a number of internally developed products, there can be no assurance that it will be successful in the future in introducing such products on a timely basis or in protecting its intellectual property.  Meridian relies on proprietary, patented and licensed technologies. As such, the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property rights, as well as the potential for intellectual property litigation, would impact its results.  Ongoing consolidations of reference laboratories and formation of multi-hospital alliances may cause adverse changes to pricing and distribution.  Recessionary pressures on the economy and the markets in which our customers operate, as well as adverse trends in buying patterns from customers, can change expected results.  Costs and difficulties in complying with laws and regulations, including those administered by the United States Food and Drug Administration, can result in unanticipated expenses and delays and interruptions to the sale of new and existing products, as can the uncertainty of regulatory approvals and the regulatory process.  The international scope of Meridian’s operations, including changes in the relative strength or weakness of the U.S. dollar and general economic conditions in foreign countries, can impact results and make them difficult to predict.  One of Meridian’s growth strategies is the acquisition of companies and product lines.  There can be no assurance that additional acquisitions will be consummated or that, if consummated, will be successful and the acquired businesses will be successfully integrated into Meridian’s operations.  There may be risks that acquisitions may disrupt operations and may pose potential difficulties in employee retention and there may be additional risks with respect to Meridian’s ability to recognize the benefits of acquisitions, including potential synergies and cost savings or the failure of acquisitions to achieve their plans and objectives.  Meridian cannot predict the possible impact of U.S. health care legislation enacted in 2010 – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act – and any modification or repeal of any of the provisions thereof, and any similar initiatives in other countries on its results of operations.  Efforts to reduce the U.S. federal deficit, breaches of Meridian’s information technology systems and natural disasters and other events could have a materially adverse effect on Meridian’s results of operations and revenues.  In addition to the factors described in this paragraph, Part I, Item 1A Risk Factors of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission contain a list and description of uncertainties, risks and other matters that may affect the Company. Readers should carefully review these forward-looking statements and risk factors and not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements.

About Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Meridian is a fully integrated life science company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic test kits, rare reagents, specialty biologicals and components. Utilizing a variety of methods, our diagnostic tests provide accuracy, simplicity and speed in the early diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions, such as infections and lead poisoning. Meridian’s diagnostic products are used outside of the human body and require little or no special equipment. The Company's diagnostic products are designed to enhance patient well-being while reducing the total outcome costs of health care. Meridian has strong market positions in the areas of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infections, and blood lead level testing. In addition, Meridian is a supplier of rare reagents, specialty biologicals and components used by organizations in the life science and agri-bio industries engaged in research. Its products are also used by companies as components in the manufacture of diagnostics. The Company markets its products and technologies to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, diagnostics manufacturers and agri-bio companies in more than 70 countries around the world. The Company’s shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian's website address is www.meridianbioscience.com.

Contact:
John A. Kraeutler
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Phone:  513.271.3700
Email: mbi@meridianbioscience.com

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