Antibody testing for MS patients is available from Unilabs Denmark, the patient MUST be enrolled appropriately before sending any samples.
Sending clinicians must log on to the Unilabs website to register the specimen. Unilabs will provide the unique barcode and their request form. This must be completed before sending to LabPLUS
be accompanied with the Unilabs request form, unique barcode and LabPLUS request form.
Samples are sent to Canterbury Health Laboratory and then forwarded to Unilabs in Denmark.
Collect 2 SST tubes or 1 Plain (red top) tube.
Give sample and all forms to the Clinical Trials Area
4 mL Plain Blood 3.5 mL SST Blood Contact Information
New Zealand Business Manager
Biogen Idec NZ Limited
JC virus carrier status is best determined by antibody testing. Detection of JC virus DNA in peripheral blood lymphocytes is also offered but sensitivity for confirmation of carrier status is low and a negative result should not be interpreted as implying the patient is JC virus naive.
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JC virus PCR