BD Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Innovative Next Generation Blood Collection and Separation Technology Designed to Improve Laboratory Efficiency

The New BD Vacutainer® Barricor Tube Offers First Major Advance in Plasma Separation Technology in Decades

Sep 29, 2016

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., SEPT. 29, 2016 - BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, announced today that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the BD Vacutainer® Barricor plasma blood collection tube (BD Barricor), the next generation blood collection and separation technology designed to improve sample quality, help clinicians receive test results faster, and ultimately improve patient care and clinical efficiency.

Continuing BD's longstanding heritage of ensuring best practices in the collection, transportation and processing of blood samples, BD Barricor is a single-use, plastic, evacuated tube used to efficiently obtain high-quality plasma for in vitro diagnostic use. The BD Barricor tube uses a novel mechanical separation technology to obtain plasma from whole blood samples, replacing the need for gel tubes. The BD Barricor tube is the first to leverage this technology in a clinical setting. The revolutionary mechanical separator technology reduces centrifugation time from 10 minutes to three minutes, compared to leading gel tubes, and reduces cellular contamination by 50 to 65 percent compared to leading plasma gel tubes.1

"As we launch BD Barricor tubes in the U.S., we are effectively eliminating the tradeoff of superior sample quality versus quick turnaround often faced by laboratory technicians by providing both a cleaner and faster plasma sample than current methods," said John Ledek, worldwide president of Preanalytical Systems for BD. "This revolutionary technological advancement can improve the accuracy and speed of clinical decision making, and result in enhanced patient care."

The unique advantages of BD Barricor tubes are enabled through an innovative mechanical separation technology which allows the separation of cellular content throughout the centrifugation cycle. As a result, the BD Barricor tube reduces plasma cellular content while also eliminating gel artifacts that can lead to instrument downtime. A cleaner plasma sample improves analyte stability, thereby increasing the window to conduct testing when compared to leading blood separation tubes. Additionally, the mechanical separator is designed not to absorb hydrophobic drugs and can be used as for therapeutic drug testing. As BD Barricor tubes have the potential to reduce manual sample remediation and instrument maintenance, improved laboratory efficiency and lower laboratory costs are also expected.

After receiving FDA 510(k) Clearance, the BD Barricor tube is now commercially available. For more information, please visit:

About BD

BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 65,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care.

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